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Footballer who punched referee is banned for 10 YEARS

A footballer, who punched a referee and left him bleeding after being sent off, is banned for 10 YEARS following a London FA hearing at the weekend.

The act of violence came after the official handed a Sporting Club de Mundial player a red card in London last month.

Police and ambulance services attended to take care of the 28 year old referee Satyam Toki who was left with bleeding above his eye after he was hit three times by a player.

Sporting Club de Mundial, who are set up by the Mundial media outlet, say the player has been removed from the non league club and will be offered mental health support.

They said on Twitter: “In regards to the event during our friendly match against North West London yesterday [Sunday], we as a club would like to publicly state that we categorically condemn the horrific actions by one of our players towards the referee.

“The individual involved has been completely removed from the football club and we are committed in supporting the referee, and appropriate authorities with their investigation into the incident.

“As a club, we are 100% committed to upholding the values of the Respect campaign and regret yesterday’s events wholeheartedly.

“We have reached out to @refsupportuk to offer any assistance to their incredible initiatives supporting grassroots referees, and to offer our sincere apologies to the referee involved. We will also be offering the player access to free mental health support.”

MUNDIAL added: “We condemn the actions, and will be working closely with SCDM to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We’ve been in constant contact with the players this morning, and everyone is on the same page.”

Referee Toki said before the video came out showing himself being puunched in the face during a friendly: “Hi All I had a friendly game this afternoon which was abandoned 5 minutes before the half time whistle after a player punched me 3 times above my eye as he was sent off for threatening me. He was initially sin bin for a dissent while leaving the pitch he threatened me where he was shown red card.

“I got punched by him 3 times and had severe bleeding. Police was called as well ambulance. In the mean time the guy who punched me had disappeared from the ground. Once police arrived they managed to get hold of the player details and initially speak to him.

“I was given option to press charges on him but i was told he has recently qualified as a teacher and that would lead to his dismissal and of course destroy his career, teacher and that would lead to his dismissal and of course destroy his career.

“I have reported this to FA through the Whole game system. What else could i do in this situation? Pictures attached. Thanks.”

Toki has now called for the FA to review their laws and introduce lifetime bans for players found guilty of such an offence.

He told Sportsmail: ‘I am quite happy because at least the maximum sentence from the FA has been handed out. I was worried it was only going to be five years.

‘But it could have been better. It could have been a lifetime ban. In my opinion, the FA should change their regulations to give lifetime bans.’

Toki is officiating his first match since he was attacked on Tuesday, having told Sportsmail he was scared to referee again following the incident on August 9.

The train conductor has also pressed charges against the player – who we are not naming but represented Hackney Sunday League side Sporting Club de Mundial – and is now waiting for the outcome of the criminal investigation.

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