PSG's Leonardo to appeal nine-month ban

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo will seek to overturn the nine-month ban he picked up for pushing a referee.

The Brazilian was found guilty on 31 May of deliberately shoving 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.

The ban, handed down by the disciplinary commission of the French Football League (LFP), applies to all official duties as well as stopping him from standing on the touchline during PSG games.

Leonardo will make his case to appeal the suspension in front of the French Football Federation's (FFF) appeals commission.

PSG were also handed a three-point deduction, although that part of the punishment is suspended.