Amateur footballer in Portugal handed four-year ban for kneeing referee in the face

Alex Gidden
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​An amateur footballer in Portugal has been handed a four-year ban from the game for kneeing a referee in the face back in April.  Canelas 2010 striker Marco Goncalves assaulted referee Jose Rodrigues after he had been shown a straight red card for punching an opposition player.  Striker Marco Goncalves went further than just pushing a referee - he somehow managed to knee one in the face! ➡️ https://t.co/LzvVT1fcgA pic.twitter.com/DIIGQiVnwM — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 2, 2017 Rodrigues was...

An amateur footballer in Portugal has been handed a four-year ban from the game for kneeing a referee in the face back in April. 

Canelas 2010 striker Marco Goncalves assaulted referee Jose Rodrigues after he had been shown a straight red card for punching an opposition player. 

 

Rodrigues was understood to have been left with a broken nose having been kneed in the face, and after a melee had ensued, Goncalves was escorted off the pitch by police and later arrested. 

The Sun now report that the 34-year-old has been ordered to serve a four-year ban following the incident. 

A spokesman for the Porto regional league said: “Marco Goncalves has been given a four years suspension for assaulting a referee, two months for insults and threats and three months for assaulting an opposition player.”

 

Canelas have already earned a fearsome reputation prior to the incident as they are made up of Porto Ultras called the Super Dragons. 

16 of their 17 league matches this season have been forfeited by the opposition due to fears regarding safety, although the Porto regional league have yet to receive a complaint about the behaviour of Canelas, who have been described as 'thugs' and 'butchers.'

Goncalves himself has previously joked about the notorious reputation his club has gained when he labelled their home ground tunnel " the corridor of death for our adversaries."

Should the club be allowed to continue playing and earn promotion to the third division, then they would be able to play in the Portuguese cup, where they would conceivably have the chance to face professional teams in the  Primeira Liga.

 

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