Footballer Banned For 50 Years After kicking ball In Referee’s Face, A fourth division player in Switzerland has been handed a 50-year ban after kicking a ball in the referee’s face and then spraying him with water. According to the Swiss newspaper Blick, the defender Ricardo Ferreira of Portugal Futebol Clube was an unused substitute
in the 1-0 defeat by SC Worb in the local Bern league. But it was not until after the match that he entered the fray, kicking the ball in the referee’s face and then hurling insults as the official made his way to the tunnel before squirting him with water.
“We do not want such a player in our league,” said Robert Breiter, the lawyer of Switzerland’s amateur football league. “Unfortunately we encounter such cases about once a year.” SEE MORE ON PAGE 2