CHOKE A REF, SIT OUT 27 GAMES

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Paraguay soc­cer player

Jose Pe­droso re­ceived a 27-game ban for at­tempt­ing to choke a ref­eree dur­ing a Chilean sec­ond-di­vi­sion match.

The gov­ern­ing body of Chile’s pro­fes­sional league handed down the penalty on Tues­day. It said the Rangers de­fender was banned 20 games for at­tempt­ing to choke ref­eree Marcelo Mi­randa, five for a sec­ond at­tempt and two for the red card Pe­droso re­ceived that ig­nited the out­burst.

Pe­droso re­signed from the club af­ter the match Satur­day, say­ing he was re­turn­ing to Paraguay. Con­cep­cion de­feated Rangers 3-0.

“The player must com­ply with this if he is play­ing in Chile and, if not, the Chilean fed­er­a­tion will pass on no­tice of the ban to any other fed­er­a­tion where the player might play,” fed­er­a­tion spokesman An­gel Botto said.

The at­tack was posted on YouTube. It took place shortly af­ter Mi­randa al­lowed Con­cep­cion to take a penalty kick four times, wav­ing off at­tempts be­cause of in­frac­tions.

“I’m not the least bit sorry,” Pe­droso said in the Chilean news­pa­per La Tercera. Mi­randa did not file charges.

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