LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica defender Luisao has been suspended for two months by the Portuguese Football Federation after he clashed with a referee during a preseason friendly.
The Brazil international will miss four Champions League matches — against Barcelona, Celtic and Spartak Moscow — as well as six Portuguese league games and a Portuguese Cup match following Friday's decision.
Luisao appeared to collide with the referee, knocking him to the ground, as he ran up to him during an argument over a decision in an Aug. 11 game at Fortuna Duesseldorf.
The player and his club argued that the collision was unintentional, but the referee lodged a formal complaint.
The federation's disciplinary committee also fined Luisao €2,550 ($3,300). He is entitled to appeal.