French ref who kicked player banned

first_img0Shares0000Tony Chapron, who kicked Diego Carlos and then showed the player a red card, faced his own punishment on Thursday © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Feb 2 – The French referee who kicked out at a player during a Ligue 1 game was Thursday handed a three-month ban by disciplinary chiefs with a further three months suspended.Tony Chapron, 45, kicked Diego Carlos of Nantes towards the end of the match against Paris Saint-Germain on January 14 after being knocked over when the pair collided. Chapron sent the player off before apologising the next day, saying Carlos had bumped into him but that his own reaction had been “clumsy” and “inappropriate”.The French Football Federation (FFF) suspended Chapron “until further notice” and the league’s disciplinary commission met Thursday in Paris with Chapron attending the two-hour proceedings with his lawyer.“The meeting took place in a calm atmosphere which was in contrast to the media lynching (around the affair),” said Samuel Chevret, the referee’s lawyer.At the time of the affair, the FFF said in a statement that Chapron had reviewed video footage of the incident and “noted that his fall had been caused accidentally”.Chapron apologised, saying in a statement to AFP: “The Nantes player, Diego Carlos, crashed into me.“At the time of the collision, I felt a sharp pain where I had recently suffered an injury. My unfortunate reaction was to stick my leg out towards the player.”Several weeks before the incident, Chapron had announced that he planned to retire from refereeing at the end of the season.He has been refereeing in France’s top flight since 2004 and has taken charge of more than 400 matches, including the French Cup final in 2014. In October, he refereed a game in the Chinese Super League.Before Thursday’s hearing FFF president Noel Le Graet said: “He’s someone who has done a beautiful job. He has made a small mistake, that he clearly recognises. Killing him at this point achieves nothing. He’s someone who deserves respect.”Tony Chapron attended a disciplinary heading in Paris on Thursday © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREThere are almost no precedents for Chapron’s offence in France. In 2015, Philippe Kalt lost his chance of refereeing the League Cup final for elbowing away Adamo Coulibaly while showing a card to another Lens player. But he was back refereeing in Ligue 1 before the end of the season.Footage of Chapron’s kick went viral across the world.Nantes president Waldemar Kita, who was seen laughing incredulously after the red card was shown, said he spoke to Chapron at the end of the game.“He told me that he had never wanted to kick the player and that he had felt himself pushed in the back,” he told French television.“It’s a joke. I got 20 text messages from across the world telling me this referee is a joke.”Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier had a good view of the incident and called for the referee to be given a long ban.“He says he slipped, but I know he kicked him,” Rongier told Canal+.“I know it’s very difficult to referee but you have to question them from time to time… We do that, we get a 10-match ban.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Saina Nehwal bows out in semis of Malaysia Open

first_imgSaina Nehwal’s semi-final jinx continued as she suffered another defeat against her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in women’s singles to draw curtains on the Indian challenge at the Malaysia Super Series Premier on Saturday.Olympic bronze medallist Saina, who has lost to the World No. 9 Tai Tzu seven times in 12 meetings, including a quarter-final loss at the All England championships last month, once again failed to find a way to outmaneuver the Chinese Taipei girl, going down 19-21, 13-21.This was Saina’s third successive loss in the semi-finals after the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and Indian Open Super Series.The World No 8 Indian will next play at the Singapore Open starting from April 12th at Singapore City.Tai Tzu came up with a deceptive game and engaged in some fierce fast-paced rallies with Saina. The Indian, who recently recovered from a nagging ankle injury, was erratic and wasn’t consistent enough to close out the rallies.Playing against an opponent who has always troubled her, Saina once again trailed 0-7 behind and then 6-13 after the break. The Indian did gather some points with her acute angled returns but Tai Tzu was always a step ahead. Saina also committed too many unforced errors.It was Saina’s failure to return a powerful smash from Tai Tzu which gave the Chinese Taipei girl six game points at 20-14.However, Saina didn’t give up the fight and saved as many as five game points with Tai Tzu hitting wide and long. In the end, it was a delectable drop after an engrossing rally which caught the Indian off guard at the forecourt and gave Tai Tzu the opening game.advertisementIn the second game, both the shuttlers moved together till 6-6 before Tai Tzu opened a 11-9 lead at the interval. At 10-13, Tai Tzu challenged a line call and the chair umpire ended up giving her two points, which took some time to be sorted.Saina started with a fine smash after that but Tai Tzu continued to dominate. A few line judgements from Saina saw her concede points. The Chinese Taipei girl moved to a 19-13 lead with a mid-court smash and with Saina hitting long, it was seven match points advantage for Tai Tzu and she sealed it quite comfortably.last_img read more