Sion pres­i­dent to defy 14-month ban

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ZURICH: The pres­i­dent of Swiss top flight club FC Sion has vowed to defy a 14-month ban im­posed on him for at­tack­ing a tele­vi­sion com­men­ta­tor fol­low­ing a league match last month.

Chris­tian Constantin was sus­pended by the Swiss Football League’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee on Thurs­day and is banned from en­ter­ing any part of a sta­dium that is host­ing a do­mes­tic league, cup or na­tional team match.

In a state­ment, the com­mit­tee de­scribe Constantin’s be­hav­iour as “a clear and se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion” of its code of con­duct and said he had “dis­cred­ited the val­ues of football.”

“It makes me laugh,” Constantin told Swiss news­pa­per Le Matin. “I was not even called or heard (by the dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion). If they want a war, they’ll have a war. We’ll see who is stand­ing at the end.”

Asked if he would go to to­mor­row’s match at home to St Gallen, Constantin said: “Why should not go? I pay the rent at Tour­bil­lon (sta­dium).”

Constantin at­tacked Rolf Fringer fol­low­ing a match at Lugano in Septem­ber. Part of the at­tack was caught on cam­era and showed Fringer, al­ready on the ground, be­ing slapped on the head by Constantin.

Min­utes later, Constantin said in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view that Fringer had treated him badly and that the mat­ter had been “sorted out.”

Fringer de­scribed the in­ci­dent as un­be­liev­able. Reuters

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