Leonardo provisionally suspended by French League

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has been
provisionally suspended by the French league for his altercation
with referee Alexandre Castro.

Leonardo appeared to deliberately shoulder-barge Castro in the
tunnel after PSG’s 1-1 home draw against Valenciennes last
Sunday.

After a meeting on Tuesday evening, the league’s disciplinary
commission says Leonardo will be suspended from Wednesday, pending
an investigation, ”because of the seriousness of the matter.”

Leonardo has denied the allegation.

”It’s the delegate in front of me who blocked my path. It’s him
who pushed me into the referee,” Leonardo said. ”I don’t touch
the referee with my shoulder but with my back. Because I was
pushed. It is me who was assaulted.”

However, the delegate said ”I didn’t barge into or touch
Leonardo at any time.”

Castro sent off PSG defender Thiago Silva late in the first half
for putting his hands on the chest of the referee as he contested a
decision.

Silva was handed a two-match ban and will miss the games against
Lyon and Brest.

Leonardo risks a year’s suspension. PSG, which is closing in on
its first title since 1994, could have points deducted.

PSG is seven points ahead of Marseille with three matches
remaining.