Austrian amateur footballer receives 70-match ban for headbutting ref despite claiming he 'slipped' 7 years ago

Austrian amateur footballer receives 70-match ban for headbutting ref despite claiming he 'slipped'

Ismail Gunduz received a 70-match ban from the Tirol Football Association following an assault on a ref who had the temerity to send him off for his second bookable offence.

The Independent report that Gunduz was playing for SK Rum in a match against SPG Innsbruck West when, in the 86th minute, he received his second yellow card and promptly lost the head and headbutted the referee in a fit of rage.

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The ref ended up with a busted lip, but the player has ended up with a 70-match ban.

He was immediately sacked by his club, but the player is hoping to appeal the decision, citing it as too harsh and unfair. Ismail, who, coincidentally, is male, said: “This sentence is madness, I will do all I can to return to the pitch.”

He then went on to say that it was an unfortunate accident and that he had 'slipped'.

In fairness a club called SK Rum has no business purporting to be a soccer club when they quite clearly should be a rugby club.

My work is done here; try the veal and make sure to tip your waitress.

Hat-tip: The Independent