English footballer gets 3-year ban for hitting ref
An English non-league player has been banned from football for
nearly three years for punching a referee after being shown a red
Josh McKenzie, who plays for sixth-tier team Redditch United,
accepted a charge of improper conduct for striking the match
official during a Southern Premier Division game against Chesham
United on Oct. 15.
McKenzie was suspended by the Football Association until July
2014 and fined 250 pounds ($400). His registration has already been
canceled by Redditch.
Maurice Armstrong, chairman of the FA’s Independent Regulatory
Commission, says Friday ”any physical contact against a referee,
if proven, should carry with it a considerable sporting