Slap on pun­dit costly for Sion’s pres­i­dent

The National - News - - SPORT / FOOTBALL -

Foot­ball pun­ditry is of­ten seen as a more re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment for a player or man­ager away from the rigours of life on the pitch. But that was not how for­mer Swiss na­tional foot­ball man­ager Rolf Fringer found things after he was slapped by Sion pres­i­dent Chris­tian Con­stantin. The in­ci­dent, which was caught on tape, hap­pened last month, and yes­ter­day re­sulted in Con­stantin be­ing banned for 14 months by the Swiss Foot­ball League (SFL) as well as be­ing fined 100,000 Swiss francs (Dh78,000). “The vi­o­lent be­hav­iour of Chris­tian Con­stantin against Rolf Fringer, which [Con­stantin] doesn’t deny, is clearly a vi­o­la­tion of the rules of con­duct”, a state­ment from the SFL’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee read. The SFL added Con­stantin was pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing all foot­ball re­lated venues dur­ing the ban in­clud­ing for Su­per League and na­tional team events.

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