Indonesian Player Hospitalises Referee After Punching Him Square In The Face Over Penalty Call (Video)

Chris Wright

23rd, April 2013

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By Chris Wright

Never mind biting, Indonesian striker Pieter Rumaropen is facing hefty punishment after the Persiwa Wamena player delivered a nasty left hook to the referee’s face after taking umbrage at a debatable penalty decision.

The incident occured during the Indonesian Super League match between Persiwa Wamena and Pelita Bandung Raya on Sunday evening when, with the scores level at 1-1 and just a few minutes left to play, referee Muhaimin awarded a penalty to Pelita despite their defender appearing to take the ball.

Sent into apoplexy at the inhumanity of it all, Rumaropen then ran up behind the official and swung a heavy punch into the unsuspecting referee’s face – an assault which ended in him being admitted to hospital with a bust nose.

The match was then suspended for 15 minutes before a replacement referee emerged from the tunnel and made showing Rumaropen a red card his first order of business.