French federation suspends referee who kicked Nantes player

Referee Tony Chapron gives a red card to Diego Carlos of Nantes during the French League One soccer match between Nantes and Paris Saint Germain, in Nantes, western France, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP)
Updated 15 January 2018

French federation suspends referee who kicked Nantes player

PARIS: The French soccer federation suspended referee Tony Chapron until further notice on Monday after the official kicked a player during a league match.
The federation said Chapron will be summoned by French league officials to a disciplinary hearing following Sunday’s incident, when he kicked Nantes defender Diego Carlos before sending him off.
Chapron, who was to referee again on Wednesday when Angers faces Troyes, has been removed from the game.
The bizarre incident happened near the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win at Nantes. Carlos was running behind Chapron near the halfway line, and trying to catch up with play, when he inadvertently clipped the referee’s heels.
Chapron rolled forward onto the turf then swiped his right leg at Carlos after tumbling. Chapron eventually got up and showed Carlos a second yellow card.
Chapron acknowledged that Carlos inadvertently knocked him over, and he submitted further details in his report to the French league’s disciplinary committee. The French league said members of the committee discussed the issue over the phone and via emails, then decided to rescind the second yellow card shown to Carlos.
“After reading the additional report from Tony Chapron, who confirmed after viewing images that Diego Carlos had not struck him deliberately, the committee decided to withdraw the second yellow card shown to the player,” the league said.
As a result, Carlos will able to play against Toulouse on Wednesday in the French league.


Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain find out Gulf Cup groups after re-draw

Updated 14 November 2019

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain find out Gulf Cup groups after re-draw

  • Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain reversed decisions to skip the tournament
  • Tournament precedes Club World Cup

DOHA: The UAE will face Qatar in the Arabian Gulf Cup following Thursday’s re-draw in Doha.
Organizers made the new eight-nation draw after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain reversed decisions to skip the tournament earlier this week.
Qatar were drawn in the same group as UAE, Yemen, and Iraq for the Nov. 26-Dec. 8 tournament.
Saudi Arabia's Green Falcons and Bahrain are in a group with Kuwait and defending champions Oman.
Three days later, the Dec. 11-21 Club World Cup kicks off in Doha testing two stadiums being used at the 2022 World Cup.