The football player who allegedly punched a referee breaking his jaw during a football match between Tauranga City and Manukau City has been banned from playing football indefinitely.
On Thursday night Auckland Football Federation banned the Manukau City player and fined him $1000 for the incident that occurred during a game at Massey Park on Wednesday, April 25.
The Manukau player is alleged to have punched the ref in the jaw during the 79th minute of the match after receiving his second yellow card.
The player and club have 14 days to appeal the decision to the board of New Zealand Football.
Tauranga City club president Ron Boyle says the ban is a standard procedure.
“Anybody that does that, smacked the referee or whatever, unprovoked and all that sort of stuff, it’s actually just assault.
“It’s a standard thing. I know three or four players that have been banned.”
Ron says players can get “hot headed” and this player was obviously unable to control his behaviour.
“He was, I understand, quite nigley at the start of the game anyway so he wasn’t having a good day.”