The press release from the Ligue du Centre-Val de Loire, in short, leaves no room for doubt: the body’s disciplinary committee pronounced a suspension of sixteen years, accompanied by a fine of 255 euros, to the against a player accused of assaulting a referee.
The facts date back to October 22, during a Regional 2 match (7th Division) between Saint-Amand-Montrond and team 3 from Bourges. When he had just received a red card, a Berruyer player allegedly headbutted the referee who was officiating that day. The Disciplinary Committee also decided to give his team a lost match, and to inflict 3 suspension points on him.
It should be noted that another attack of the same type occurred a few weeks later in the region: on November 12, still during an R2 meeting, between Le Blanc and Fussy-Saint-Martin, the referee would have received a nudge in the face from a local player.
An operation “Stop the violence”
Two attacks that prompted the League and the six districts that depend on it to act: on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November, no N3 meeting or regional or departmental level will take place in the Center Region, as part of a “Stop the Violence” operation. “No match, no stake, no defeat justifies such facts”, mentioned a press release published on November 18, recalling that the body expected the “greater firmness”.
Friday evening, no minutes were available on the site of the regional authority.