Swiss player banned for 50 years for kicking ball in ref's face
An amateur footballer in Switzerland has been hit with an enormous 50-year ban following an altercation with a referee in the tunnel after a recent match.
According to Swiss newspaper Blick, Ricardo Ferreira was an unused substitute in Portugal FC's 1-0 defeat against SC Worb in the Fussballverband Bern, Bern's regional football league, yet he still somehow managed to end up on the wrong end of a massive suspension.
Presumably angered by the official's decisions during the game, Ferreira reportedly kicked a ball directly into the ref's face at full-time before spraying him with water and continuing to hurl insults at the now-soaked official.
Now, you may well be sitting there thinking that a half-century suspension seems a little on the disproportionate side, but it would appear that the Swiss amateur football league is attempting to crack down on incidents of violence during its games and, as such, is making a bit of an example of Ferreira.
"We do not want such a player in our league," Robert Breiter, the lawyer of Switzerland's amateur football league, said. "Unfortunately we encounter such cases about once a year."
Ferreira was left baffled and heartbroken by the sentence, adding: "I had expected one or two years maximum. But 50 years? Football's my life."
Alas, this isn't the first time Ferreira has been punished for failing to control his temper, with the 28-year-old having already served a total of 45 games' worth of suspensions over the past few years for offences -- according to Blick -- ranging from slapping a whistle out of a referee's mouth to more straightforward attacks on his opponents.
As the newspaper points out, Ferreira will now be free to return to the Bern league on June 5, 2064, at the grand old age of 78.
Last Edit: Nov 1, 2014 22:23:06 GMT 8 by Foo Cheong