French referee Tony Chapron has been suspended after being caught ejecting Diego Carlos and then expelling the player from Nantes after a seemingly accidental collision between the couple during Sunday's Ligue 1 match with Paris Saint-Germain.
Chapron aimed to kick Nantes defender while on the ground after the pair accidentally crashed in added time at the Stade de la Beaujoire.
Carlos received a second yellow card, apparently out of disagreement, a decision that left the hosts baffled.
Chapron had to take charge of the Ligue 1 game on Wednesday between Angers and Troyes, but now he will be out "until further notice," confirmed a statement from the Technical Directorate of the Referees (DTA) on Monday.
The decision was made after a telephone call between DTA director Pascal Garibian and the president of the Federal Arbitration Commission (CFA), Eric Borghini.
According to L & # 39; Equipe, Chapron, 45, has sent a report to the football authority and acknowledged that he made a mistake by showing Diego Carlos his second yellow card in the time added at the end of defeat 1- 0 of Nantes.
In a statement, the statement released through the French media on Monday apologized with Diego Carlos for his actions: "This gesture of bad temper was inappropriate, and as a result, I would like to present my apologies to Diego Carlos.
" A supplementary report has been sent to the disciplinary committee to rescind the reservation received by the player of the FC Nantes, since the images showed me his gesture no It does not seem voluntary.
"During the match, I collided with Diego Carlos, at the moment of the impact, I had a sharp pain in a recent injury, it was a bad reflex action that meant that I extended my leg to the player."
Chapron has been harshly criticized for his actions with Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri expressing surprise after the game.
"I've never seen that," former Chelsea boss Juventus and Leicester City told the media, "I do not know [if Chapron should be suspended]. What I do know is that I could not have my player in the last few minutes, and the worst thing is that he could be suspended for the next game, but why? Why? "
The Disciplinary Commission of the French Football League (LFP) is expected to open an investigation into the incident when they feel Thursday.
The strange change eclipsed a seventh consecutive victory in all competitions for PSG, Angel Di Maria the first goal enough to move them 11 points ahead in the top of Ligue 1.
The correspondent ESPN FC in France, Ian Holyman, contributed to this report