Brazilian, Dutchman Out of Semis
Jul. 05, 1998
PARIS (AP) _ Ariel Ortega, ejected from a World Cup quarterfinal for headbutting Dutch goalie Edwin van der Sar, was suspended Sunday for three games.
The talented midfielder, who wears the No. 10 shirt made famous by Diego Maradona, was thrown out in the 87th minute of Argentina's loss Saturday in Marseille.
Because Argentina is out of the World Cup, Ortega will miss the first round of next year's Copa America tournament.
Christian Woerns, ejected just before halftime in the 3-0 loss to Croatia, will miss Germany's first two qualifying games for the 2000 European Championship.
Brazil's Cafu and Dutch defender Arthur Numan will miss Tuesday's semifinal at Marseille because of automatic suspensions.
Cafu received his second warning of the championship during Brazil's quarterfinal against Denmark for time-wasting. His first was against Chile in the second round a week earlier.
Numan was expelled against Argentina for his second yellow card of the game.
Ortega felt he was tripped inside the penalty area and protested, but Mexican referee Arturo Brizio disagreed and signaled for play to continue. Van der Sar, who felt Ortega had taken a dive, ran from his goal to confront him and stood over the grounded Argentine forward.
As Ortega rose to his feet, he struck the goalkeeper on the chin with his head and Van der Sar fell to the ground. Brizio ran over and ejected Ortega for violent conduct.
Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp scored the winner in the final minute to eliminate Argentina 2-1.