Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018. 9:30 am CST.
Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018. 9:28 a.m.
By BBN Staff: Over the weekend, pictures of an injured female referee flooded social media and Belizeans condemned the act of violence against her.
Yuri Daniels was officiating a football game in San Andres, Corozal when she issued a red card to football player, Darnell Mossiah.
Mossiah got furious and attacked Daniels leaving her with a large gash around her mouth and leaving her face swollen.
Belizean women groups have condemned the action and the National Sports Council of Belize has imposed a 5 year ban on Mossiah. The council has banned Mossiah from all facilities owned by the council for the next five years.
If Mossiah violates the ban, disciplinary sanctions will be brought against him.
Last night, Minister of National Defense and owner of Belmopan Bandits football club, John Saldivar took to social media to condemn the attack and to call for a lifetime ban from sports for Mossiah.
Saldivar posted, “Sorry, but anything less than a lifetime ban from sports and sports facilities for this barbarian is inadequate!!! Let’s get seriously serious about violence in sports and let’s get seriously serious about violence against women!!!!”
That stance is being supported by many Belizeans, including Belizean news anchor, Indira Craig who said that the ban on Mossiah for 5 years is setting “a disappointing precedent for sports.”
The Football Federation of Belize has also publicly condemned Mossiah’s violent behavior and said that they fully support referee Daniels in taking legal action.
FFB warns that violence within sports will not be tolerated and all matters will be investigated since sportsmanship and respect is an integral part of sports.
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