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Sion chief declares 'war' on Swiss league over stadium ban for slapping

Sion chief declares 'war' on Swiss league over stadium ban for slapping
From ESPN - October 13, 2017

Sion president Christian Constantin has been hit with a 14-month stadium ban for slapping former Switzerland coach Rolf Fringer, but plans to attend the club'shome game on Sunday.

On Sept. 21, Constantin was filmed slapping Fringer seconds before a postmatch interview following Sion's 2-1 Swiss Super League win at Lugano.

Fringer had been working as a TV pundit for Teleclub and later called the attack "unbelievable," while Constantin argued he "straightened things out" after he had been "verbally attacked" by the 60-year-old.

Constantin also said he would press charges against Fringer for "defamation and libel."

On Thursday, Constantin was given a 14-month stadium ban and a 100,000 Swiss francs fine by the Swiss Football League (SFL).

"The violent behaviour of Christian Constantin against Rolf Fringer, which [Constantin] does not deny, is clearly a violation of the rules of conduct," the SFL said in a statement.

Constantin can appeal the ruling within the next five days and is allowed to remain in his role as Sion president.

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