Uruguay star Jose Gimenez could face a FIFTEEN-match ban as new video emerges of him ELBOWING FIFA’s suited competitions director in the back of the head before calling referees ‘thieves’ and ‘sons of b*****s’
Jose Gimenez could be banned for 15 games after a video showed the Uruguay defender elbowed FIFA’s competition director in the back of the head after their exit from the World Cup.
Jose Gimenez could be banned for 15 games after elbowing a FIFA official in the head
Video evidence from after Uruguay’s exit showed Gimenez hitting an official with his elbow
According to the footage, the defender could have attacked the FIFA competitions director in the melee as players surrounded the referee and assistants as they entered the tunnel post-match.
In a later video, he was also seen targeting the officiating at the 2022 World Cup. The 27-year-old said: ‘They [the referees] are all a bunch of thieves these sons of b*tches. Yes, record me. Son of a b*tch.’
The video rant could come with a three-game suspension, but the melee where he assaulted an official comes with a much bigger cost to his gametime.
Mundo Deportivo report that Gimenez could face a 15-game suspension, or a spel out of football for an ‘adequate’ period of time, if the incident is reported.
Elbows are listed as a form of assault, although it is not clear whether he would have to sit out 15 games for Uruguay, or if the suspension would cross over to the second half of the season with his club Atletico Madrid.
It is not clear if Gimenez’s punishment, if awarded, would transfer to Atletico Madrid games
When Luis Suarez was banned for three months in 2014, FIFA issued the penalty to prevent him from lining up for his country or his club at the time, Barcelona.
The offence is also penalised with a minimum 5,000 Swiss Francs fine (£4,343), rising four-fold if it is made via mass media or social media, and Gimenez was aware he was being filmed at the time.
Uruguay felt frustrated they were not given a penalty against Ghana, and had a controversial call made against them when they lost 2-0 to group victors Portugal.
Luis Suarez was left crying after his side’s early exit from the World Cup despite Ghana win
Their exit caused emotional scenes at the end of the match, including Luis Suarez in tears as the captain was unable to prevent his country’s early exit from Qatar, as previously reported by Sportsmail.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid currently sit outside LaLiga’s top four on goal difference, and they will be concerned about the possibility of missing out on Champions League football, especially if they are forced to play without Gimenez, who joined the club in 2013.