Tony Chapron is in the spotlight for the wrong reasons again .

Referee who kicked Nantes player once had a row with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Referee Tony Chapron's altercation with Nantes player Diego Carlos was like nothing you're ever likely to see on a football pitch again.

The incident took place during the Ligue 1 outfit's 1-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, with Angel Di Maria scoring the only goal of the game.

That result was completely overshadowed, however, by an utterly bizarre incident in injury time.

The defender accidentally sent the controversial official tumbling during a coming together - before Chapron lashed out at him while still on the floor.

Carlos was then given his marching orders - certainly not helping himself by pushing the referee - though his ban has already been rescinded.

Instead, it's Chapron who now finds himself suspended, despite releasing a non-apology explaining why he kicked the player.

Take a look at what happened below:

"A complementary report has been sent to the disciplinary commission so that the booking received by the FC Nantes player be rescinded, as the images showed me his gesture did not seem voluntary," his statement read, quoted via ESPN.

"During the match, I collided with Diego Carlos. At the moment of impact, I had a very sharp pain on a recent injury. It was bad reflex action that meant I stuck my leg out at the player."

Nantes manager Claudio Ranieri was as stunned as everyone else, adding, per the same source:

"I've never seen that. I don't know [if Chapron should be suspended]. What I do know is that I wasn't able to have my player for the final few minutes, and the more serious thing is that he could be suspended for the coming match. But why? Why?"

While it's fair to say nobody was expecting the events that took place on the pitch, perhaps we should have seen it coming that Chapron would make it into the spotlight.

He once argued with Zlatan 

After all, this isn't even the first high-profile incident he's been involved in.

Back in March 2015, he refused to give Zlatan Ibrahimovic the match ball after the striker scored a hat-trick against Lorient.

As brought to our attention by SportsJoe, when the Swede asked him for the ball, he replied: "I'll see you after."

"Don't forget, normally you have to give it to me," Zlatan went on to say.

"Don't do this for the cameras."

Ibra's suggestion that the referee was showing off for the cameras was a bold one, but whatever his motives, it frankly seems peculiar that he wouldn't give him the ball.

Zlatan obviously got his way in the end, posting the following on Instagram: 

Nonetheless, neither incident reflects on Chapron very well at all. 

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