Swiss club president gets 14-month stadium ban for assault

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — The president of Swiss club Sion has been banned from stadiums for 14 months for physically confronting a television analyst.

The Swiss Football League says Christian Constantin must also pay a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($103,000).

Constantin, a wealthy owner of an architecture firm, stood down from a senior role in Sion’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics after the Sept. 21 incident.

He was filmed confronting Rolf Fringer, a former coach of Switzerland, after his team won a league game at Lugano.

Constantin told Fringer’s TV network the analyst deserved the “kick in the backside” he got for recent criticism of how Sion was run.

He can appeal against the sanctions, which also apply to Swiss Cup and men’s national team games.

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