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Monaco’s Gelson Martins suspended 6 months for referee shove

March 5, 2020 GMT
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Monaco's Gelson Martins, right nd Monaco's Benjamin Henrichs go for the ball during the French League One soccer match between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain at the Louis II stadium in Monaco, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
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Monaco's Gelson Martins, right nd Monaco's Benjamin Henrichs go for the ball during the French League One soccer match between Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain at the Louis II stadium in Monaco, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

PARIS (AP) — Monaco winger Gelson Martins has been suspended for six months by the French league after pushing a referee during a game last month.

The 24-year-old Portugal international shoved Mikaël Lesage in the chest, moments after the referee had sent off his teammate Tiémoué Bakayoko during a 3-1 loss at Nimes on Feb. 1.

Martins was also sent off by Lesage, and had been provisionally suspended.

But the French league’s disciplinary committee made his suspension permanent “for an act of brutality” after its weekly meeting on Thursday.

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