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Referee gets 12-match ban for kneeing player in the groin



Mexican referee Fernando Hernandez has been suspended for 12 matches after kneeing a player in the groin during America’s match against Leon, the country’s football federation said on Tuesday.

During a confrontation, Hernandez kneed Leon midfielder Lucas Romero, who also was given a two-match suspension after he angrily demanded a VAR review following an equaliser from America.

Romero said after the match that he was not calling for Hernandez to be punished as it had all been a misunderstanding and that he only asked for respect on the pitch.

“To the fans and the public in general, I offer an apology, as well as to Lucas Romero, for my reaction,” Hernandez had said over the weekend.

“I would never attack him or any other player. I am aware of this and I will abide by the decision of the Disciplinary Commission.”


There were a number of brawls in what was a heated 2-2 draw between America and Leon, fourth and third in the Mexican league standings respectively

Coaches Fernando Ortiz and Nicolas Larcamon were involved in a confrontation and an image of Leon coach Larcamon, with his shirt torn after fighting with the America bench, went viral on social media.

Ortiz and Larcamon were also handed two-match bans after both were given red cards during the game.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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