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Leonardo Receives Nine-Month PSG Ban

  • Reuters, Friday, May 31, 2013 1:12 PM

The French League (LFP) on Thursday handed Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo a nine-month ban for pushing referee Alexandre Castro in the tunnel at the Parc des Princes after the Ligue 1 champion drew 1-1 with Valenciennes on May 5.  As of May 8, the Brazilian has been banned from the bench, the referees’ locker room and all official PSG functions. As part of the sentence, PSG has also received a suspended three-point deduction for the 2013-2014 season.

"Paris Saint-Germain considers this decision to be unjustified and extremely harsh,” the club said in a statement, adding that it would appeal the decision. Leonardo maintains his innocence, saying that he was shoved toward Castro and the resulting contact was accidental. The former Inter and AC Milan manager would have been the favorite to replace coach Carlo Ancelotti if the club let him go to Real Madrid.

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