Wednesday, July 10, 2013

LEONARDO QUITS AS PSG SPORTING DIRECTOR AFTER HIS BAN WAS EXTENDED FOR 13 MONTHS FOR BARGING ON A REFEREE

Banned: Leonardo talks to the media after a hearing at the disciplinary commission

The sporting director of Lique One club, Leonardo has tendered his resignation will leave the French champions at the end of August.

The FIFA world cup winner with Brazil in USA 94 informed the board of his decision this morning, a week after learning he would be banned for the whole of next season for pushing a referee following a Ligue 1 match in May this year.


The 43-year-old former AC Milan manager, who took up his post in July 2011 in the wake of the Qatar Investment Authority's takeover of the capital club, will leave at the end of summer transfer window on August 31.

PSG in a statement had this to say. 'Leonardo today informed Paris St Germain of his desire to resign from his position as sport director at the end of the current transfer window,'

'We regret his choice but respect his decision.

'We thank him greatly for his contributions towards the project of building a top European club in Paris and wish him all the best for his future career choice.'
Sharing the spotlight: Leonardo, left, unveils David Beckham, centre, with Nasser Al-Khelaifi, right, Paris St Germain's owner

Leonardo has overseen intense transfer activity in the two years since his appointment, having been tasked with rebuilding the squad in the wake of the Qatari takeover.

During Leonardo's time at Parc des Princes, PSG signed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura, Javier Pastore, Thiago Motta and David Beckham - with the Ligue 1 title duly following last season.
Swedish star: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

He was also key to the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as head coach, although the Italian has since left to take charge of Real Madrid.

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