Russian amateur footballer Raschid Arsanukaev has been slapped with a 48-game ban after headbutting an opponent and breaking his nose intentionally.
The player is alleged to have thrown his head towards an rival player after being shown a second yellow and been given his marching orders from the referee.
The incident occurred during an Austrian ninth-tier match between FC Viktoria 62 Bregenz and Gofis Satteins 1b in early September.
After being dismissed in the 87th-minute for picking up the second of his bookable offences for an attempted headbutt, Viktoria's Arsanukaev took exception to referee Romano Giovani stating: "I'll show you what's possible."
German outlet Kronen Zeitung report the player is then said to have headbutted an opposing player causing their nose to break.
Arsanukaev has since been released by FC Viktoria 62 Bregenz with the incident also being followed by police and reported to the courts.
The player has since been handed a 48-match ban meaning he will not be able to play again until Autumn-time 2023.
It is hoped that the ban wil not just be enforced in Austria but throughout Europe with the Austrian Football Association commenting:
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"We have informed the surrounding associations about the suspension of Arsanukaev and want to prevent that he as a newly registered player can bypass the suspension and kick again somewhere."
In a statement, Viktoria's chairman Christian Gojo heavily criticised their former player.
"Viktoria stands for integration, but of course we cannot tolerate such incidents," he said.
"We have excluded Arsanukaev from our club."
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