In an interview with L’Equipe, the former Ligue 1 referee remembered a surprising anecdote with the former Marseille striker during a Classico.
Tony Chapron’s career ended on an event that the former official would have preferred to avoid with this famous tripping attempted on Diego Carlos in 2018. Since then, the referee has converted in a good way as a consultant for television and takes the opportunity to deliver his anecdotes about his former experiences in Ligue 1.
And he surrendered for The team on an anecdote lived ten years ago with a well-known name in Ligue 1 today with the Tigres in Mexico: André-Pierre Gignac.
“One day I play OM-PSG (2-2, in 2012). And after three minutes, he is overexcited, remembered Chapron for L’Equipe. I think he is the one who makes the first three faults of the match. I tell myself that he is going to trip and blow up the match. At one point, there is a corner for Paris and he is next to me. I say to him: ‘André-Pierre, you have to calm down. You’re good when you’re calm. And I think if you calm down, you’ll score a goal.’ Sometimes when you’re a referee, you say nonsense… (He laughs) And three minutes later, he scores!”
“The 30th minute arrives, I see that he is falling back into his ways, continues Chapron. There is a free kick for Paris, he is in the wall. And I say to him: ‘André-Pierre, you are going back up under pressure. You have to calm down. I told you earlier, when you’re focused on the game, you’re effective. You’ve scored a goal, I’m sure you’ll notice one.’ Five minutes later, he scored a second goal! I was hallucinating. A month later, I was refereeing Bordeaux-Marseille (1-0). We were in the tunnel, he came to see me and said: ‘If you see that I’m getting angry, can you tell me? Can you calm me down?’ He took me for a diviner!”
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