A footballer in Switzerland has been slapped with a 50-year ban from playing the game after a remarkable incident with a referee. Ricardo Ferreira of Portugal Futebol Clube was an unused substitute for his side in their 1-0 defeat by SC Worb in the Bern league, but he still managed to make quite an impact.
Ferreira, according to Swiss newspaper Blick, kicked the ball in the referee's face and then proceeded to spray him with water. That response came while he was busy hurling insults at the official as he left to depart down the tunnel at full-time.
As for why the ban is so long for the offence, the lawyer of Switzerland's amateur football league attempted to explain. "We do not want such a player in our league,” said Robert Breiter, the lawyer of Switzerland’s amateur football league. "Unfortunately we encounter such cases about once a year."
As for Ferreira, he was left utterly bewildered by the whole situation and was left sounding pretty distraught. "I had expected one or two years maximum. But 50 years? Football’s my life," he said. Given that football is his life, it's perhaps a shame that he has not been able to control his emotions so he can continue to participate in the sport. It is not the first time for the volatile player, who was once banned for 45 matches after being found guilty of assaulting opposition players and abusing officials.
His new suspension means that he will be free to return to football on June 5, 2064, when he will be at the ripe old age of 78. Maybe he will have found some self-control by that stage of his life.