Thiago Silva, Leonardo suspended

Ligue 1 > News
08/05/2013

Paris Saint-Germain will have to do without talismanic captain Thiago Silva - as well as sporting director Leonardo - as they look to clinch the title in Lyon on Sunday, following the LFP's Disciplinary Commission's sitting on Tuesday.

The uproar surrounding Thiago Silva's red card in the 1-1 draw with Valenciennes on Sunday has left the champions-elect with an even tougher row to hoe in Sunday's potential title clincher in Lyon.

Big blow

After receiving a straight red for obstructing the referee as he awarded a free-kick to Valenciennes, the Brazil stopper is now out for the clash in Lyon as well as Week 37's home clash with Brest.

Silva's compatriot Alex stepped into the breach impressively, scoring the equaliser after coming on, but still the absence of the Silva - considered by many as one of the very best central defenders in the world - is a blow to the capital club's hopes of securing the title against a Lyon side who have rediscovered their scoring form in recent matches.

Provisional ban for Leonardo

To add to the disruption, PSG sporting director Leonardo has been handed a provisional one-match ban from his official functions as the Disciplinary Commission investigates a report that the former PSG midfielder also pushed the referee, as he left the field.

And the cost of the draw in Valenciennes doesn't stop there; Gregory Van der Wiel's yellow card in that means the Netherlands right-back will also be unavailable; however, central midfielders Marco Verratti and David Beckham will be eligible again after serving one-match bans.

 

>> VIDEO: Official match highlights - Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Valenciennes

>> MATCH REPORT: Alex spares PSG's blushes against Valenciennes

>> PRE-MATCH STATS: Lyon - Paris Saint-Germain

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