Referee Who Kicked Player Has Ban Doubled

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French referee Tony Chapron who received a ban after tackling a player in a Ligue 1 game, has had his ban doubled on Friday as he lost his appeal, according to sources close to the disciplinary process.

Prior to this Chapron had received a three-month ban for kicking Diego Carlos, a Nantes player, during a game against Paris Saint-Germain in mid-January.

Tony, who had already announced plans to retire this summer, appealed in an attempt to return before the end of the season.

The move backfired on Friday however as the French Football Federation appeals commission doubled the punishment to six months.

The verdict means that Chapron, who is 45, may never again officiate a French league match.

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