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Ex-Samoa star banned for breaking ref's jaw

A former Samoan international player who punched a referee and broke his jaw has been banned from the sport indefinitely and charged with assault.

Tama Fasavalu played three matches as a striker for Samoa, scoring twice in a World Cup qualifier. He was charged with assaulting referee Len Gattsche, whose jaw was broken in three places, while playing for Manukau City in a second division match.

Fasavalu received an indefinite ban from all involvement in the game.

Irish Independent