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Football - Swiss club chief banned after slapping pundit

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FC Sion's president Christian Constantin looks on after the Swiss football cup final between FC Basel and FC Sion on May 25, 2017 at the Stade de Geneve in Geneva.FC Basel defeated FC Sion 3-0. © Provided by AFP FC Sion's president Christian Constantin looks on after the Swiss football cup final between FC Basel and FC Sion on May 25, 2017 at the Stade de Geneve in Geneva.FC Basel defeated FC Sion 3-0.

Sion club president Christian Constantin, caught on tape slapping a prominent critic in the face after a match last month, has been banned for 14 months, the Swiss Football League said. Constantin's assault of former Swiss national team coach and current TV pundit Rolf Fringer on September 21 also earned him a 100,000 Swiss franc ($103,000, 87,000 euros) fine. "The violent behaviour of Christian Constantin against Rolf Fringer, which (Constantin) doesn't deny, is clearly a violation of the rules of conduct", the SFL said. Constantin is prohibited from entering all football related venues, including for Super League and national team events. Video captured at the match in Lugano, which Sion won 2-1, shows Constantin striking Fringer while he is already on the ground.

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