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French FA seek to extend Leonardo ban

The French Football Federation (FFF) have asked FIFA to extend the 14-month suspension of former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo worldwide.

Leonardo's ban has been extended
Leonardo's ban led to him leaving PSG.

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The Brazilian, 43, was originally banned from exercising all official matchday duties for nine months for barging into referee Alexandre Castro following PSG's 1-1 draw with Valenciennes in early May. The suspension was extended by five months to June 30, 2014 by the FFF's Supreme Appeals Commission on appeal.

After completing the signing of Edinson Cavani on Tuesday, Leonardo left his post with the Ligue 1 champions with club president, Nasser Al Khelaifi, citing the suspension from official matchday duties as a major factor in the 1994 World Cup winner's departure.

The ban precludes Leonardo from sitting in the dugout during games, all but ruling him out of a return to coaching for next season, though would not prevent him carrying out the daily duties he would have had in remaining in his role at the Parc des Princes.

Should FIFA rule in favour of extending the scope of the ban, Leonardo would first be able to appeal to world football's governing body itself and then, if necessary, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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