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SBD Global/May 8, 2013/People and Pop Culture

PSG AD Leonardo Could Face 1-Year Suspension For Pushing Referee Sunday

Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain Athletic Dir LEONARDO could be suspended for up to one year "for pushing a referee of the game his team played Sunday against Valenciennes," according to the EFE. The Brazilian coach's case was analyzed Tuesday by the French Football Federation's Discipline Commission, which according to regulations could also take two points from Paris St. Germain. PSG players were frustrated by the ejection of THIAGO SILVA, and so was Leonardo. After the game, Leonardo confronted the referee near the locker room and, "according to images recorded by Canal+, gave the impression that he pushed the official." Leonardo denied that he was the aggressor. Leonardo: "I'm the one who was attacked" (EFE, 5/7).

OFFICIAL PUSHES COACH, APOLOGIZES: CLARIN reported referee JUAN PABLO POMPEI, who officiated the Argentinian First Division match between Arsenal and Newell's, apologized for pushing Newell's coach GERARDO MARTINO. Pompei: "I simply made a mistake. A gentleman takes responsibility for an error and I was out of place. If I have to ask for forgiveness publicly, I do it" (CLARIN, 5/7).
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