Life ban for Indonesian player who assaulted ref

An Indonesian player who punched a referee in the face has been banned for life by the country's football authority, reports The Guardian.

An Indonesian player who punched a referee in the face has been banned for life by the country's football authority, reports The Guardian.

Pieter Rumaropen, a striker for the Papua province club Persiwa Wamena, attacked the referee, Muhaimin, after he awarded a penalty to Pelita Bandung Raya during a Super League match on Sunday in West Java's capital Bandung. Muhaimin was taken to hospital where he received four stitches.

Hinca Panjaitan, a member of the disciplinary commission of Indonesia's Football Association, PSSI, said Rumaropen's behaviour damaged the image of the country's football.

In 2008, PSSI imposed life bans on four players for beating up a referee and his assistants.

"This was a terrible act that we cannot tolerate," Panjaitan said. "It has tarnished the image of Indonesian football in the international community; I hope this punishment will repair that."

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