Ref banned a er los­ing his cool

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Rome

– An Ital­ian soc­cer ref­eree has been banned for one year af­ter he lost his cool and head-butted a goal­keeper he had sent off dur­ing a mi­nor league game ear­lier this month, ANSA news agency re­ported.

In a match be­tween Borgo Mogliano and Mon­tot­tone in Mac­er­ata on Fe­bru­ary 1, ref­eree An­to­nio Mar­tiniello had given Borgo Mogliano’s goal­keeper Mat­teo Cic­ci­oli his march­ing or­ders as the hosts won 3-1.

But Mar­tiniello was not done. Af­ter the game when the goal­keeper sought an ex­pla­na­tion, the ref­eree head-butted Cic­ci­oli, who was taken to hospi­tal to treat his in­juries.

Mar­tiniello’s ban will not only pre­vent him from of­fi­ci­at­ing games for the next year but also from en­ter­ing the fa­cil­i­ties of teams in the top three tiers of Ital­ian soc­cer, in­clud­ing games.

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