Portugal Futeball Clube fullback Ricardo Ferreira plays a dirty style of soccer. He’s been suspended multiple times for run-ins with opposing players. But the latest infraction involving Ferreira came in a game he didn’t even play in.
After his club suffered a 1-0 loss in the fourth-tier Swiss league, Ferreira attacked the referee, kicking the ball at his face and then spraying water on him. The league acted swiftly and decisively, handing the 28-year-old a 50-year ban. It’s essentially a lifetime ban given how many 78-year-olds are active in the league. The lawyer for the league said simply: “We do not want such a player in our league.”