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East Coast United FC player banned for 1 year for assault on referee during FA Cup match.

Nov 21, 2023 ,

The East Coast United FC footballer who head-butted a referee on 8 October during a Football Association of Singapore (FAS) FA Cup match at the Bukit Gombak Stadium has been banned from all FAS organised and sanctioned competitions for one year.

He has also been slapped with a $300 fine.

The player has since been identified as Rasul Razali, according to the records of the latest disciplinary proceedings which was posted on the FAS website.


According to the FAS disciplinary records, Rasul faced two charges for bringing the game into disrepute.

First, he was accused of verbally abusing the match referee by shouting an explicit profanity repeatedly in the 92nd minute of play in their match against GFA Victoria FC.

It was his second charge of head-butting the referee which caused the official to fall backwards which was the main bone of contention and which was slammed by fans who saw the video.

The video was submitted to TMSG by a reader on match day, and has received more than 225,000 views, with many readers condemning Rasul’s act of hooliganism.

The referee – Wan Tung Han – who was on the receiving end of Rasul’s actions, has also since filed a police report.

Wan is said to be in his fifties and is one of Singapore’s most respected referees in the circuit.


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