WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Soccer Association has banned a Winnipeg man from playing soccer for 15 years after he assaulted an official.
The soccer association wouldn’t comment on the suspension or confirm which incident sparked it, but it’s believed to be for a violent incident on May 29, when the Winnipeg Croatia player allegedly beat a referee unconscious during a game at the Vince Leah Recreation Centre on Salter Street.
A witness said the 29-year-old player was arguing against a yellow warning card he was given by the referee, and the ref reached for another card that would kick the player out of the game.
“As the ref was reaching in his pocket, [the player] threw a punch to his lower jaw. The ref was knocked out cold. He then delivered two more kicks,” witness Xxavier Barra, who plays for the opposing Galatasary United team, said at the time.
Police charged the player with assault causing bodily harm, the said in June, but wouldn’t name him.
The suspension, which lasts until May 29, 2029, means he can’t:
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