Referee Sang Sopheak was the victim of an unprovoked assault by Khemara's Sophal Udom. Photo Nick Sells
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Udom gets 6 months
Sophal Udom, who ran 50 metres to physically attack referee Sang Sopheak from behind, then scarpered off the pitch smartish, jumping the fence and quickly leaving the ground after a pal delivered his kit bag, in last Wednesday's C-League game against Wat Phnom, has been banned for six months for his inexcusable actions. And rightly so. No-one is above the law and assaulting the referee, whatever the provocation is totally unacceptable. The 22 year old is one of the best homegrown strikers in the C-League, and was on the verge of a national call-up last season, though he has a tendency to moan and groan at match officials and Khemara will certainly miss his presence, but an example must be sent out to deter any other would-be offenders. In some countries, such an attack would also incur a civil court action.