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FIFA bans Canada's Occean for 6 matches after red card in World Cup qualifier

February 11, 2013 - 10:00 AM

ZURICH - FIFA has ordered Canada forward Olivier Occean to serve a six-match ban after being sent off and then insulting the referee during a World Cup qualifier against Cuba.

Occean was sent off after a scuffle during Canada's 3-0 victory in Toronto last Oct. 12. FIFA says Occean was guilty of "committing an act of unsporting conduct" then "using offensive language toward match officials."

FIFA's disciplinary panel also ordered the 31-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt player to pay a fine of 8,500 Swiss francs (C$9,310) plus costs of the proceedings.

Occean served the first of his six-match sanction days after the incident, when Canada lost 8-1 against Honduras and was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup.

Occean must serve his ban at competitive matches, starting with the Gold Cup tournament in July.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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