WINNIPEG – Manitoba Soccer Association executive director Hector Vergara hopes players learn from a 15-year suspension handed to a man who assaulted a referee.
Branko Dukic was banned by the association for 15 years after an assault on a referee during a May 29 game at the Vince Leah Recreation Centre.
Police have charged Dukic with assault causing bodily harm.
“We want to see the message being sent to everybody that this kind of behavior, no matter who it is, it’s not going to be tolerated, because at the end of the day … we want to have people enjoying the game,” said Vergara, who was a FIFA referee for 19 years.
“We have to consider that in Manitoba, 80 per cent of the soccer that is played, even 90 per cent of the soccer, is recreation soccer. People play because they want to have fun.”
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