Player banned for Facebook ref rant

AFP, Wednesday 11 May 2011

Italian junior footballer has been suspended for offensive facebook posts against a referee

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A junior player in Italy has been suspended for two games after writing offensive and threatening messages about a referee on his personal Facebook page, Italian news agency Ansa reported Wednesday.

The unnamed footballer plays for the Polisportiva Gambatesa junior team in the Molise region in southern Italy.

He was unhappy following a match between his team and Campobasso on October 25 last year and vented his fury on Facebook.

But the local football association took disciplinary action, handing him a ban and also fining his club 200 euros.

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