German friendly abandoned after referee fouled

A friendly match between Benfica and Fortuna Duesseldorf was

abandoned in the 39th minute on Saturday when the referee was

knocked to the ground shortly after sending off a player.

Television footage showed Benfica captain Luisao protesting

referee Christian Fischer’s decision to eject teammate Javi Garcia.

Brazilian international Luisao then appeared to shove Fischer, who

lay on the ground for several seconds before getting up and walking

off the pitch.

Duesseldorf said in a statement on its Web site that Fischer

received treatment from its team doctor but decided against

resuming the match.

Newly promoted Duesseldorf will play in the Bundesliga this

season.