Football: Ex-PSG sports director Leonardo's ban lifted provisionally, says lawyer

PARIS (REUTERS) - Former Paris St Germain sports director Leonardo's 13-month suspension has been provisionally lifted by a French court, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

The former Brazil international was banned by the French federation for pushing a referee after a Ligue One game last May and the ruling body also asked Fifa to extend the suspension worldwide.

"He is now free to join any club or national team he wants without being bothered by Fifa," lawyer Paul Mauriac told Reuters by telephone.

Leonardo quit his job on Sept 2.

The Paris administrative tribunal argued that Leonardo could not be banned by the French federation because he was not licensed by that organisation.