Video: Ligue1 Referee Fight, Kicks Player, Sends Him Off

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Ligue 1 Referee Kicks Player

  • PSG’s 1-0 win over Nantes on Sunday was overshadowed by an incident involving Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron, who appeared to kick Nantes player Diego Carlos off the ball, before showing the defender a red card.

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In the last minute of the game, PSG were advancing up the pitch on a counter attack when Carlos seemed to accidentally cross paths with Chapron. The referee stumbled and fell to the turf, before appearing to kick swing his right boot at the Nantes player.

After the coming together, referee Chapron gave Carlos a second yellow card, before blowing for full-time three minutes later.

Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria had scored before the break to lift PSG, who were without the injured Neymar and Thiago Motta, 11 points clear of second-placed Monaco, who could only manage a goalless draw at Montpellier on Saturday.

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PSG enjoyed most of the possession and were quickly ahead as Di Maria scored from inside the box after collecting a low cross from Edinson Cavani in the 12th minute.

Di Maria went close to doubling the lead eight minutes before the interval but his shot from close range hit the bar.

Nantes had a good chance early in the second half but Alphone Areola made a fine save to deny Emiliano Sala.

Third-placed Lyon are behind on goal difference after a 1-1 home draw against Angers, with Nabil Fekir cancelling out Karl Toko Ekambi’s opener from the spot. Angers finished with 10 men when Flavien Tait was sent off for a second bookable offence six minutes from time.

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