PSG's Leonardo handed nine-month ban
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Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo was on Thursday handed a nine-month suspension by the Ligue 1 disciplinary committee after being found guilty of pushing a referee.

The ban applies to all official duties as well as stopping him from being present on the touchline during PSG games. The Brazilian was found guilty of pushing referee Alexandre Castro in the tunnel following PSG's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw against Valenciennes on 5 May, with the incident being caught on camera by Canal Plus.

Having regularly been outspoken in his criticism of match officials throughout the course of the season, Leonardo was furious at Castro's decision to send-off PSG captain Thiago Silva in the first half of the game. Silva was shown a straight red card for lifting his hands to the referee as he protested a decision. PSG were also handed a three-point deduction, although that part of the punishment is suspended.