Leonardo seeking compensation from French federation
PARIS (AP) — Former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo is seeking more than 8.5 million euros ($9.9 million) in compensation from the French football federation following his 14-month suspension.
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 then won an appeal against the sanction and a French court annulled the ban.
A French football federation spokeswoman confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that Leonardo is asking for damages after the former Brazil international told Le Parisien newspaper his suspension affected both his image and reputation. The French federation has yet to decide whether to agree with his request.