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Zenit FC Coach Villas-Boas gets 6-match suspension for shoving referee

September 03, 2015, 17:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Villas-Boas was ordered to the stands in the first half of the match for giving a shove to the fourth referee
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MOSCOW, September 3. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union’s (RFU) Disciplinary Committee handed on Thursday a six-match suspension for Zenit St. Petersburg FC Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas citing manager’s aggressive behavior at home match last Saturday.

Artur Grigoryants, the chairman of the RFU’s Control and Disciplinary Committee, said the Portuguese specialist received the suspension for "deliberately giving a shove" to a referee during the August 29 home match against Krylya Sovetov FC.

"Both the protocol and the report [of the match] contain identical recordings showing that on the 33rd minute of the match the coach crossed the limits of the technical area and shoved a reserve referee in the chest," Grigoryants said.

Villas-Boas was ordered to the stands in the first half of the match for giving a shove to the fourth referee. In line with the regulations of the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL), the Portuguese coach faced for such act a suspension of between two and six matches.

The match in St. Petersburg on August 29 ended with the 3-1 victory of Krylya Sovetov Samara over the hosts.

The disciplinary official of the RFU added that Zenit would not be able to appeal today’s penalty imposed against Villas-Boas.

"The provision, under which Villas-Boas was suspended, is not a subject to appeal since it stipulates that the sports sanction can be reversed if the term of the penalty stands at over two matches and not more than five matches," Grigoryants said.

Grigoryants also said that Villas-Boas extended his apologies to Ivan Sarayev, the reserve referee, whom the coach shoved.

"Villas-Boas apologized to referees Ivan Sarayev and chief referee of the match Igor Fedotov," Grigoryants said. "He explained his behavior by a temporary lack of concentration.".

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