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Indonesian striker gets life ban for punching referee

(Reuters) - Indonesia's Pieter Rumaropen, who punched a referee in the face during a Super League match at the weekend, was banned for life by the country's football association (PSSI) on Wednesday. The PSSI disciplinary committee arrived at the decision after watching video footage of the incident and going through the match referee's report, said a statement on the Super League website (www.ligaindonesia.co.id).

Football: Indonesian given life ban for punching referee

An Indonesian player was handed a life ban Wednesday for punching a referee in the face, with officials saying the outburst of violence had "tarnished the image of Indonesian football". It was the first life ban for a player in the country since 2008, and adds to the woeful state of football in Southeast Asia's biggest nation as it tries to recover from a crisis which saw rival federations running separate leagues. The violence erupted when Pieter Rumaropen's side, Persiwa Wamena, were 1-1 against Pelita Bandung Raya in a Super League match on Sunday.
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