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MDFA slap five-year ban on Hussein

Hussein had assaulted referee Rajendra Sawant during their Senior Division match against SBI on October 26, reports Gordon D?Costa.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 01:32 IST

The disciplinary committee of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) has slapped a five-year ban on Madanpura player Zakir Hussein, who had assaulted referee Rajendra Sawant during their Senior Division match against State Bank of India on October 26.

The committee, which met last week, decided to punish Hussein for his violent conduct after he was shown the red card by the referee for abusing and bringing the game to disrepute.

"Hussein has been slapped a five-year ban. He can't be associated with any club or team (school or college) in the capacity as a player, coach or being an official. He has also been fined Rs 3,000," said MDFA secretary Souter Vaz.

Alex Vaz, who chaired the meeting and SS Shetty a member of the Disciplinary Committee confirmed to HT that the player has been suspended and fined.

"We have to take strong measures to ensure discipline. That's why we have punished the player and will not allow him to be involved with any football activity in Mumbai," said Vaz.

"He also being a referee should have been setting a good example to others," he added.

"This is the second time that Hussein has been suspended. Three years ago he had assaulted referee S Bathena and was subsequently banned for two years. But after two and a half years the ban was revoked," stated Shetty.

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