Nantes' Carlos has red card overturned after being kicked by referee

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He caught Carlos below the knee, around the shin area, prompting the 24-year-old Brazilian to shrug his shoulders in bewilderment.

Paris: France's Ligue 1 launches into a midweek round of games after a weekend marred by referee Tony Chapron's freakish kick at a Nantes player and goal-line technology glitches.

French official Tony Chapron kicked out in retribution at Nantes defender Diego Carlos during a league game on Sunday, and then promptly showed Carlos a red card.

In a statement, the French FA said its "technical body for referees (DTA) and the federal commission of referees" had "decided on the withdrawal of Tony Chapron, who had been appointed for Wednesday's Ligue 1 game between Angers and Troyes, until further notice".

Immediately after the incident, Chaperon gave the same player (Carlos) a second yellow card, sending him off allegedly for dissent.

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The LFP added that Chapron's case will be studied in a meeting of the commission this Thursday. At the moment of impact I felt a sharp pain where I had recently suffered an injury.

Chapron apologized after the match, claiming that he "reacted badly by moving (his) leg towards the player" while also asking that Carlos' second booking be rescinded since "his action did not seem deliberate".

Nantes president Waldemar Kita told L'Equipe: "It's a joke".

"I received 20 SMS from all over the world telling me that this referee is a joke", Kita told L'Equipe.

"If we do something like this, we get a 10-game suspension". "I asked him how he can allow himself to kick (Carlos), and he dared say to me that he slipped. So I want to apologise following this action". "If I talk too much, I'll be summoned by an ethics committee".

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