By Chris Wright
FC Sion midfielder Geoffrey Serey Die is in a whole heap of scheisse after being caught on camera slapping one of the Lausanne ballboys across the face after his side’s 2-0 defeat last night…
Lausanne striker Steven Lang (who we think is the chap on the touchline that comforts the child after the slap) gave his account of the incident to Blick:
“Serey has gone to the ball boy and he said something that I can not repeat. Then he gave him a blow. It is just unbelievable. I hope the association sees this incident and something happens.”
Apparently – and this isn’t official – Serey Die’s excuse is that he was infuriated by the ballboys’ reluctance to rush the ball back to the Sion players over the course of the evening.
Of course, Serey’s conduct was just plain old fashioned unacceptable, regardless of the circumstances and especially given that the ballboys were all probably acting on instruction of the club (slightly delaying the opposition’s restarts is a fairly well-trotted ploy).
Here’s hoping he gets a hefty punishment – like locking him in the stocks and letting all the ballboys on the books of every club in the Swiss Super League take turns in slapping him across the face all afternoon.
UPDATE: We’ve just heard that the Swiss Football League have examined the Serey Die case and referred it to the Disciplinary Commission after coming to the conclusion that their maximum punishment in such instances – a four-game ban – is not severe enough.