Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Benfica remains confident despite Luisao suspension
Press Association, September 18th, 2012 10:46PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  germany, portugal, scotland, uefa champions league


FIFA extended Benfica captain Luisao's two-month ban for pushing a referee in a friendly game to all competitions, meaning he'll miss Benfica's game at Celtic in their UEFA Champions League opener on Wednesday.

Luisao knocked German referee Christian Fischer out cold in the first half of Benfica's friendly against Fortuna Dusseldorf in August. While his teammates were arguing with Fischer over a call he had made, Luisao raced up to the referee and bumped him with his chest, sending him to the ground. Luisao said he had a "clear conscience," and Benfica denounced Fischer's fall as a "lamentable display of theater."

Fischer and his refereeing crew abandoned the game, and Fortuna Dusseldorf asked that Luisao be banned. The Portuguese federation responded by banning the 31-year-old Brazilian for two months.

Even without Luisao, Benfica coach Jorge Jesus says Benfica is confident about its opener. "We are prepared for all conditions," he said. "The fact this has happened to Luisao is important but we have other players. It's important to note that we focus on the game. All players have the same importance. My concern is the opposition. Missing players is a secondary concern."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Guardiola: I Would Leave Bayern if Asked    
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he would be happy to leave the German giant after ...
Hazard a 'Major Doubt' for UCL Semi    
Chelsea on Friday confirmed that playmaker Eden Hazard is "major doubt" for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League ...
Neymar to Miss at Least Four Weeks     
Barcelona starlet Neymar looks set to miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury ...
Klinsmann on Altidore's Situation    
In the latest edition of Road to the Roster, U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann ...
Liverpool Players Lead PFA Awards Lists     
Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard were nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's ...
Cruyff: Barca Needs to Restore Laporta, Guardiola     
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff thinks the best way to turn the Catalan giant's fortunes around is ...
Ronaldo Could Miss First Game vs. Bayern     
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del ...
Report: Moyes Must Qualify for Europa League    
Manchester United coach David Moyes is understood to be under pressure from the Glazer family, the ...
Bayern Eases into German Cup Final     
Bayern Munich on Wednesday remained on course for a record 17th German Cup by crushing second ...
Pellegrini: 'Mentally Tired' City Not Out of Title Race    
Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City is mentally tired after his team could only manage a ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives