LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – Blooming defender Sergio Jauregui has been banned by a Bolivian football league tribunal for one-year for kicking Oriente Petrolero player Leonardo Medina in the face in a match on Aug. 23.
The ban went into effect on Wednesday and cannot be appealed.
The incident took place after both players were expelled for pushing each other during the match last month. Following the expulsions, Jauregui then struck Medina in the face and neck with a flying kick that left Medina sprawled on the ground.
Jauregui later apologized publicly for the incident and is reported to have paid Medina’s medical bills. Medina was hospitalized for a day and ordered not to play or practice for 12 days.
Officials of Oriente Petrolero had asked for a three-year suspension.