Leonardo risk getting a ban from soccer for 1 year and PSG may suffer points deduction. All after Sunday evening’s famed Leonardo tackle attack in players tunnel.
But sports director Leonardo defends himself and says now that he was pushed into the referee Alexandre Castro.
– I was the one who was attacked and I will request that the match delegate is turned off, he says.
Players and managers of PSG was furious after 1-1 match against Valenciennes. League leaders Paris Saint-Germain felt unfairly treated by the judge and Zlatan Ibrahimovic said among other things that “the man in the yellow destroyed the whole match.”
After the final whistle the PSG’s sporting director rushed into the playing tunnel to confront the referee. On the television pictures it looked as if Leonardo gave Alexandre Castro a tackle. Something he now denies.
– I wanted to talk to the judge. There stands a delegate who pushes me into the judge. That was how it happened, he told Le Parisien.
– I ask you to look at the pictures in slow motion. The images showed at Canal Plus is a bit strange, he continues.
According to l’Équipe yesterday Leonardo risk being penalized for the confrontation. He is called to a meeting with French Football Federation’s Disciplinary Committee and may be banned after this meeting. PSG could also suffer point deductions – which would be disastrous in the club’s title chase.