Indonesian footballer Pieter Rumaropen, who punched a referee in the face, has been banned for life by the countryâ€™s football authority.
The striker for Papua province club Persiwa Wamena, punched referee Muhaimin after he awarded a penalty to Pelita Bandung Raya during a Super League match on Sunday in West Javaâ€™s capital Bandung.
The match was held up for 15 minutes before a replacement official took over and gave Rumaropen a red card.
Hinca Panjaitan, a member of the disciplinary commission of Indonesiaâ€™s Football Association, PSSI, said Rumaropenâ€™s behavior damaged the image of the countryâ€™s football.
In 2008, PSSI imposed life bans on four players for beating up a referee and his assistants.
Rumaropen's Persiwa Wamena were tied 1-1 with Pelita Bandung Raya on Sunday when referee Muhaimin awarded a penalty to Pelita with eight minutes left on the clock.
Persiwa, currently seventh in the 18-team league, lost 2-1 after their opponents converted the penalty.
Persiwa defender Richardo Roberto was also sent off in the first half of the match.