The French club's title challenge could become tighter after the sporting director appeared to push the referee during his side's 1-1 draw with Valenciennes.Paris Saint-Germain could face a points deduction in Ligue 1 after sporting director Leonardo angrily confronted the referee during his side's 1-1 draw with Valenciennes.
Thiago Silva was sent off two minutes before the break against Daniel Sanchez's side, and video footage showed the former AC Milan boss shoving Alexandre Castro in the tunnel. Should Castro decide to report the incident, the French authorities could slap the capital club with a hefty punishment and the Brazilian with a suspension.
The code of conduct of the Professional Football League (LFP) stipulates that, "in addition to the punishment of the trainer, coach, official or medical staff member, a deduction or suspension of points of the team" can be handed out.
"He's a referee who has done 10 matches, this was his 10th, and he has given 48 yellows and five reds," Leonardo told reporters after the match. "This was a calm match and he has brought out seven yellows and one red. I don't understand why we have a referee with nine matches for a big game like this. I don't understand."
PSG saw its lead cut to seven points in the wake of the game thanks to Olympique de Marseille's win over Bastia on Tuesday. PSG has three games left to play this season.