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Luisao pushes over ref in friendly

August 11, 2012
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

The friendly match between Fortuna Dusseldorf and Benfica was abandoned on Saturday after the referee was pushed over by Luisao.

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GettyImagesLuisao protests his innocence after knocking the referee over

Before half-time referee Christian Fischer was about to hand a second booking to Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia when Luisao stormed torwards him and pushed him down, according to reports from Rheinische Post.

The ref was in a daze for a few minutes, before abandoning the match after 43 minutes and leaving the field for treatment by Dusseldorf's team doctor.

Speaking to Rheinische Post, Dusseldorf chairman Peter Frymuth explained: "The ref was attacked and had to be treated by our doctors inside the locker room. Because of that attack the game was abandoned.

"This should have been a day of celebration for us, but now it has becoming a depressing affair. We are sick at heart."

Frymuth added Dusseldorf would approach UEFA over the event.