Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron has been suspended after finding himself at the epicentre of an extraordinary incident that brought Nantes’ 0-1 home defeat against PSG to a juddering halt on Sunday night.
Chapron tangled legs with Nantes defender Diego Carlos while sprinting after Kylian Mbappe, only to tumble, lash a kick at the Brazilian and then administer him with a second yellow card just to top it all off.
— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) January 15, 2018
You may not be surprised to hear that the French Football Federation (FFF) have announced that Monsieur Chapron will be “withdrawn until further notice” while a LFP (French football league) disciplinary investigation is launched into his performance.
Mr Tony Chapron will shortly be called to meet the LFP disciplinary committee.
Chapron, after reviewing the footage, stated that his fall was caused accidentally. He has informed the DTA that he has prepared a report to this effect for the LFP disciplinary commission.
Chapron was due to take charge of the Ligue 1 match between Angers and Troyes this week but has now been replaced.
The 45-year-old, who would appear to be France’s answer to Mike Dean, had previously announced that he intends to retire at the end of the current season.
Looks like that little milestone may be thrust upon him a little prematurely now.