The German Football Association announced on Thursday November 21st it was suspending a domestic footballer for three years and banning his team for six months after the player punched a referee who had just sent him off, according to AFP.
FSV Muenster's player was charged with assault and banned from playing by the governing body in Hesse for punching the 22-year-old referee in a domestic league game against TV Semd last month.
AFP reported that the referee was knocked out by the punch and had to be airlifted to hospital. The player was suspended, and his team fined 500 euros ($553).
"Something like that does not belong on a sports pitch, and the three-years are fully justified, it was the highest possible penalty," Theodor Greiner of the Hessian Football Association (HFV) said.
Greiner said that the three-year ban handed to the player "could well be changed to life" when the HFV meets at the weekend.
FSV Muenster immediately suspended their team from playing after the incident and the club's president has said the player responsible will be held liable for the fine.