A French amateur football player has been handed a five-year suspension for biting an opponent’s penis.
Though the suspension is just being given, the incident occurred in November 2019 during a match between SC Terville and AS Soetrich. The two clubs are just 10 minutes away from one another located in the eastern region of Lorraine. The two clubs are long time rivals and when two players began fighting in a car park the unidentified victim (a Terville player) stepped in to break it up. It was during the course of separating the fight that the victim was bitten in the penis by a Soetrich player.
The victim was rushed to the emergency room and reportedly received dozens of stitches to close the wound. The victim was also given a four to five-day resting period and deemed unfit to work.
The incident was later reported to the disciplinary arm of the local football governing body. The incident has been pending for months with the governing body ruling this week that the Soetrich player is suspended for five years. Soetrich were also handed a €200 fine. Surprisingly enough, the victim and his club Terville were also punished as well. The victim has been suspended until June 30, 2020, and his club was fined €200 and docked two points in the league standings.
The director of the local Moselle district, Emmanuel Saling, gave a detailed report to what occurred and the sanctions;
“The events took place after the match, in the stadium car park. There was an altercation, an escalation and things got worse.”
“It’s quite rare to have sanctions of several years, there are less than 10 per year. The case was a bit saucy, but … there must have been some nasty tension, so the smiles on the disciplinary committee quickly faded.”
The two clubs are expected to meet again when they face off on May 17 in the 2eme Division Group A.