CHOKE A REF, SIT OUT 27 GAMES
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.