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

card.

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

sanction.”