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.