Sion president slaps ex-Switzerland boss, presses charges for defamation

Sion president slaps ex-Switzerland boss, presses charges for defamation
From ESPN - September 22, 2017

Sion president Christian Constantin, who was filmed slapping former Switzerland coach Rolf Fringer, has said he is pressing charges against the TV pundit for defamation.

On Thursday, Constantin attacked Fringer following Sion's 2-1 Swiss Super League win at Lugano, just seconds before a postmatch interview.

Teleclub's footageshowed Fringer, who managed the national team in the mid-1990s, lying on his back while Constantin slapped his face once, but the 60-year-old said that had not been the full extent of the attack.

"He slapped me in the face three or four times," Fringer, who joined Teleclub ahead of the current season, told the Swiss broadcaster. "I held my microphone, did not hit back. I thought: 'This ca not be real.'"

He added: "He kicked me in the back. That's unbelievable."

Uns fehlen die Worte. Sion-Prsident Christian Constantin prgelt vor laufender Kamera auf Experte Rolf Fringer ein!

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Fringer, whose last managerial stint came at FC Zurich in 2012, had recently attacked Constantin's personality. He accepted that he had been critical of him but called the president's reaction "unbearable."

Constantin later defended himself in an interview, saying he had been "verbally attacked" by Fringer.


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