PSG sporting director Leonardo gets season ban for shoving referee

The former AC Milan and Inter Milan coach, having regularly been outspoken in his criticism of match officials throughout the course of last season, was furious at Castro's decision to send off PSG captain Thiago Silva in the first half of the game.

updated: July 04, 2013 14:49 IST
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Paris: Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director Leonardo on Thursday had his ban for pushing a referee extended from nine months to 13 months, the French Football Federation announced.

The decision to suspend the Brazilian for the entire 2013/2014 season came after an appeal hearing lodged by him against the initial punishment handed down on May 31.

Leonardo was found guilty of shoving referee Alexandre Castro in the tunnel following PSG's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw against Valenciennes on May 5, with the incident being caught on camera by Canal Plus television.

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