Leonardo Banned for Nine Months

Leonardo: PSG director gets ban

extended for referee push

Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo has had his suspension for pushing a referee extended to 13 months – ruling him out for all next season.

The former Brazil midfielder, 43, was handed a nine-month ban in May.

Leonardo was filmed using his shoulder to make contact with Alexandre Castro in the tunnel after being angered by Thiago Silva’s red card in PSG’s 1-1 draw with Valenciennes.

He appealed but is now banned from all official duties until 30 June 2014.

Leonardo – who is also suspended from standing on the touchline during PSG games – would have been due back in February but will now miss the club’s entire season.

The French champions were also given a suspended three-point deduction for the 2013-14 campaign.

Leonardo, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, denied barging the official but was found guilty of pushing him. He had claimed that another official accidentally pushed him into Castro.

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