Roberto Carlos banned for one international match

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

World football's governing body, FIFA, banned Brazilian star Roberto Carlos on Monday for one international match for pushing a referee during his country's gam

Roberto Carlos banned for one international match

Zurich:

World football's governing body, FIFA, banned Brazilian star Roberto Carlos on Monday for one international match for pushing a referee during his country's game against Portugal last week. "Any attack on a referee is to be regarded as a serious matter," FIFA said in a statement. The sanction against Roberto Carlos is provisional, pending a full hearing of FIFA's control and disciplinary committee, for which a date has yet to be set. FIFA said the chairman of the disciplinary committee had chosen to act ahead of a formal session because "it can in emergencies, pronounce a provisional sanction in cases in which it is likely that an offense was committed". Roberto Carlos was sent off in the 81st minute of Brazil's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Portugal on March 29 for hitting Israeli referee Alon Yefet with his shoulder after he had awarded a free kick. The dismissal was his first in a Brazil shirt. The FIFA sanction applies only to the player's games for Brazil. Roberto Carlos had feared a ban would stop him turning out for his club, Real Madrid, in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg match against Manchester United on Tuesday. However, he still could face a ban from all international matches if FIFA's disciplinary committee decides on a tougher sanction. Carlos has until midnight Wednesday to appeal against the ban. (AP)



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