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The Incredible Moment A Ligue One Referee Kicked Out At Player And Then Sent Him Off

The Incredible Moment A Ligue One Referee Kicked Out At Player And Then Sent Him Off

Three years ago today, one of the most shocking moments in recent football history happened when referee Tony Chapron kicked out at a player.

In a game between Nantes and PSG in Ligue One, Diego Carlos, now at Sevilla, accidentally tripped the official as he was running back towards goal.

Chapron completely lost his head and aimed a kick-out at the Brazilian, then proceeded to give him a second yellow card that saw him sent off in the most bizarre circumstances.

Carlos' red card was subsequently rescinded and Chapron, who had been a full-time referee since 1998, was given a six-month suspension.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

The 48-year-old ended up retiring from refereeing altogether not too long after and now works in the media.

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If the actual incident itself wasn't funny enough, Chapron gave a hilarious explanation for his antics.

Chapron said to AFP, via Get French Football: "When I collided with Diego Carlos, I felt a sharp pain in an area where I had suffered a recent injury. In a terrible reflex, I stretched out my leg to the player. This clumsy gesture was inappropriate."

Chapron will forever be remembered for the incredible moment of madness, but he did also once completely refuse to give Zlatan Ibrahimovic the match-ball despite scoring a hat-trick.

The Swede hit a trio of goals in a 3-1 win over Lorient back in March 2015 but Chapron, who later said he felt the striker was rude and lacked manners, was not obliging and the two rowed at the final whistle.

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Ibrahimovic did eventually get the ball and took to Instagram to post a picture of his souvenir, signed by all of his teammates.

Topics: Football News, Paris Saint-Germain, Football, Ligue One, PSG, Nantes, referee

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