Player banned, charged for punching ref

Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 8:34 am •  Published: May 3, 2012
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A former Samoan international footballer who punched a referee and broke his jaw has been banned from the sport indefinitely and charged with assault.

Tama Fasavalu played three matches as a striker for Samoa, scoring twice in a World Cup qualifying match. He is charged with assaulting referee Len Gattsche while playing for his Manukau City club side in a second division match in Auckland last week.

Fasavalu received an indefinite ban from all involvement in football when he appeared before an Auckland Football judicial review panel on Thursday.

Gattsche's jaw was broken in three places, he had a a plate inserted in the fracture, his gums drilled and his wisdom teeth removed.



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