It’s by far one of the strangest things we’ve ever seen in a football match, and it’s made headlines all over the world.
In Sunday night’s Ligue 1 clash between Nantes and league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, referee Tony Chapron and Nantes star Diego Carlos collided in an innocent off-the-ball moment late in the second half, which bizarrely resulted in a red card for the defender.
1-0 down and desperately trying to defend against a PSG counter-attack, Carlos accidentally ran into the path of Chapron, clipping his heels and knocking the official over.
Chapron tumbled and outrageously swiped his right leg out at Carlos in retribution.
After dusting himself off, the idiotic ref then brandished a yellow card to the Brazilian – his second of the match – resulting in angry protests from the Nantes players.
Watch the moment in full below.
Speaking after the game, Nantes president Waldemar Kita said: “It’s a joke.
“Honestly, the whole of Europe is laughing here.
“The player is on the receiving end and it’s him who gets a card.
“There’s a problem here.”
In the aftermath of the incident – which has been seen and shared countless times via social media – fans and experts have universally condemned the referee’s actions.
And as you’d probably expect, Chapron has since been suspended by the French Football Federation.
In a statement, the FFF said: “Mr Tony Chapron, initially appointed for the Angers-Troyes match, has been withdrawn for the 21st Ligue 1 fixture on Wednesday January 17 until further notice.
“Chapron will shortly meet with the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) Disciplinary Committee.
“Chapron, after viewing the images, found that his fall had been caused unintentionally.”
Carlos’ second yellow card has also since been rescinded, and he’ll be available to play against Toulouse on Wednesday.
Chapron has also apologised to Carlos, writing in his own statement: “This awkward gesture was inappropriate.
“I want to apologise to Carlos Diego.
“An additional report was sent to the Disciplinary Committee so that the warning received by the FC Nantes player was withdrawn, since in view of the images his gesture did not seem to me to be voluntary. ”
But Chapron has also tried his best to justify his actions, going as far as suggesting the clash with Carlos aggravated a recent injury.
He said: “In the match, I was hit by Diego Carlos.
“On the occasion of this shock, I felt a sharp pain on a recent injury.
“In a bad reflex, I stretched my leg towards the player.”
Reflex or not, we very much doubt this guy will be refereeing a professional game anytime soon.
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