Phakaaathi Reporter
1 minute read
12 Feb 2020
3:13 pm

Italian referee banned after head butting goalkeeper

Phakaaathi Reporter

Referee Antonio Martiniello has been banned from officiating games or entering the facilities of football teams in the top three tiers in Italy.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 07: Sibusiso Mbonani of Polokwane City FC receiving a red card during the Nedbank Cup, Last 32 match between Ubuntu Cape Town and Polokwane City at Athlone Stadium on February 07, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Martinello sent off goalkeeper Matteo Ciccioli in a game between Borgo Mogliano and Montottone and after the game, the goal minder approached the referee for an explanation of what he did wrong.

According to The Guardian the referee head-butted Ciccioli outside the dressing room after the confrontation. The goalkeeper needed medical treatment from injuries sustained from the incident with the referee.

Martiniello was banned for not setting a good example for the youngsters in the league, according to the Macerata police office chief.

The game ended with the goalkeeper’s side winning 3-1.

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