Indonesian striker gets life ban for punching referee

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Indonesia’s Pieter Rumaropen, who punched a referee in the face during a Super League match at the weekend, was banned for life by the country’s football association (PSSI) on Wednesday.

The PSSI disciplinary committee arrived at the decision after watching video footage of the incident and going through the match referee’s report, said a statement on the Super League website.

Persiwa Wamena striker Rumaropen appeared to lose his temper when referee Muhaimin awarded opponents Pelita Bandung Raya a penalty with eight minutes left in the match level at 1-1.

Video replays of the incident showed Rumaropen, who was later shown a red card, running up behind Muhaimin and landing a swinging left hook on the referee.

The referee had to be admitted to a hospital due to excessive bleeding and needed four stitches, according to the statement. --REUTERS

In this two combination of photo taken on April 21, 2013, Indonesian player Pieter Rumaropen (R number 10) of Persiwa Wamena team throws a punch on referee Muhaimin (C) during a game against Pelita Bandung Raya in the Super League match Bandung city in West Java province where Persiwa Wamena lost to Pelita Bandung Raya 1-2. Rumaropen was handed a life ban on April 24, 2013 for punching a referee in the face, with officials saying the outburst of violence had "tarnished the image of Indonesian football". It was the first life ban for a player in the country since 2008, and adds to the woeful state of football in Southeast Asia's biggest nation as it tries to recover from a crisis which saw rival federations running separate league. AFP PHOTO


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