The referee who kicked a player during a French Ligue 1 game and then sent him off has been banned for six months, three of which is suspended, French League said on Thursday.

Tony Chapron kicked Diego Carlos of Nantes towards the end of the game against Paris Saint-Germain after being knocked over when the pair collided in a bizarre incident.

Chapron,45, then showed the player a second yellow card and subsequent red .

The images of the incident stunned and amused players around Europe and the world and calls for the French League Committee action on the referee came.

Referee Chapron was provisionally suspended and withdrawn after the game by FFF's technical committee of referees and was given his punishment by a French league disciplinary committee on Thursday.

"After hearing Mr. Tony Chapron and reading the official's report, the commission decided to sanction him with six months of suspension, three of which were suspended," a statement on the website read.

Carlos' booking was rescinded at Chapron's request.

Chapron has been refereeing in France's top flight since 2004 and taken charge of more than 400 matches in that time - including the French Cup final in 2014.

Prior to the incident he had announced that this would be his final season as a referee.

FC Nantes are currently fifth in Ligue 1 with 22 points behind PSG.

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