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Gimnasia club president banned six months from AFA board for alleged threat

Gimnasia club president banned six months from AFA board for alleged threat

Gimnasia club president Juan Jose Munoz has been suspended for six months from the Argentine Football Association's executive board for reportedly threatening a referee during an Argentine league match last month against Boca Juniors.
Critics decried the ban as a slap on the wrist imposed by the 27 members of the AFA board.
The ruling came following a Tuesday meeting to discuss sanctions resulting from the Sept. 10 incident, which dominated sports pages in Argentina for weeks.
The decision means Munoz will be ineligible to take part in decisions and meetings of AFA's executive committee, but critics say he should have received a far stronger punishment such as stripping him of his club presidency or permanent removal from AFA.
Munoz was accused of entering the referees changing room at halftime of the sixth-round match and angrily threatening referee Daniel Gimenez with Gimnasia and Esgrima leading Boca Juniors 1-0.
Gimenez had issued yellow cards to six Gimnasia players and expelled manager Pedro Troglio for complaining about the cautions. The encounter prompted Gimenez to immediately suspend the match.
Munoz, who had denied Gimenez's accusations that he threatened him, said he felt vindicated.
"I won't loose any sleep over this punishment; I'm innocent," Munoz said at a news conference.
Munoz had said he erred by entering the locker room to speak to Gimenez, but added he went there in a gesture of "solidarity" on behalf of Troglio and never physically threatened Gimenez.
Gimenez said the locker room encounter was more than just an overblown exchange of words, and the story dominated Argentine sports for weeks.
Boca, with one less match played than other leaders, sits atop the standings with 22 points _ four more than archrival River Plate heading into Sunday's "Superclasico" between the Buenos Aires powers.
Gimnasia, meanwhile, is in 17th place in the 20-team Apertura first-division table with just seven points, five points out of last.
The AFA board is comprised of the presidents of leading soccer teams in Argentina. No date yet has been announced for replaying the suspended Boca-Gimnasia match, which must be completed under AFA rules.


Updated : 2021-04-19 19:37 GMT+08:00