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Swiss club president wins cut in stadium ban for assault

December 19, 2017

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — The president of Swiss soccer club Sion has had his stadium ban for assaulting a television analyst reduced to nine months on appeal.

The Swiss league says it cut Christian Constantin’s 14-month ban because the attack was an emotional response and not planned.

Constantin can return to stadiums from July 12. His fine was reduced to 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,500) from 100,000 Swiss francs ($101,500).

The incident after a league game in September led to Constantin resigning from a senior role in Sion’s candidacy to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Constantin was filmed confronting Rolf Fringer, a former coach of Switzerland, after Sion won at Lugano.

Sion is last in the 10-team league at the mid-season break.

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