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Leonardo soccer ban annulled by French court

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 17, 2014 at 10:46 am •  Published: June 17, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has won an appeal against his suspension by the French Football Federation.

On Tuesday, a French court annulled the ban, leaving Leonardo free to return to soccer.

Leonardo received a nine-month ban in May 2013 after he appeared to deliberately barge into referee Alexandre Castro following a 1-1 home draw. The suspension was later extended to June 30, 2014, after a failed appeal to the FFF.

The Brazilian had his sentence provisionally lifted by the council of state in October, and the victory in the administrative court is likely to bring a definitive end to the process — although the FFF can still appeal.

Leonardo had resigned from PSG in July.