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Brazilian Leonardo Araujo, former sports director of Paris Saint-Germain, is demanding 8.5 million euros ($9.1 million) from the French Football Federation, or FFF, for "professional" and "moral" damages, the French newspaper L'Equipe revealed on Thursday.

The Federation ordered Leonardo's suspension for 13 months in July 2013 for assaulting the referee of the Ligue 1 match between PSG and Valenciennes on May 5, in protest at the sending off of Paris defender Thiago Silva.

Upon cancellation of the penalty by the Paris Administrative Tribunal in June 2014, Leonardo sued the FFF before the same court in March, reports the newspaper.

Leonardo has always denied the assault, while his lawyers have put the demand of 7.5 million euros as "compensation for material damages, financial and professional" and an additional million for "moral damages against image and honor."

According to the note presented by the lawyers, the FFF decision prevented Leonardo from succeeding Carlo Ancelotti as coach of PSG.