General — 18 August 2018 — by Courtney Menzies
Football player Darnel Mossiah, 27, banned for punching female referee

He was fined $2,000 in court and banned by NSC from all its facilities for 5 years

COROZAL DISTRICT, Wed. Aug. 15, 2018– 31-year-old Yuri Daniels was refereeing a football match in Libertad Village between the villages of Concepcion and San Antonio on Sunday when she was punched in the mouth after issuing a red card to a San Antonio player for unsportsmanlike behavior.

The punch caused Daniels to become unconscious for ten minutes, and the wound to her face required seven stitches.

The player, Darnel Mossiah, 27, appeared yesterday in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court in front of Magistrate Patty Arana, and was fined $2,000 after he pleaded guilty to one charge of wounding.

Yesterday, the National Sports Council (NSC) issued a statement condemning violence towards any sports official, and especially towards women. In the statement, the NSC said that it was banning Mossiah from all Sports Council facilities for 5 years, and also warned clubs and organizations that there would be sanctions brought against them if they violated the ban.

In an interview with CTV-3 yesterday, Daniels explained that she gave Mossiah a red card for elbowing another player. She said that when she looked down to write the time of the red card, she felt the punch on her mouth.

She said that her colleagues threw cold water on her to bring her back to consciousness, and when she revived, they gave her water to help her wash the blood off her face and out of her mouth.

When she arrived at the hospital, she complained of a headache and up until yesterday, the headache was still there. She received seven stitches, as mentioned before, and she said that she cannot eat and she can barely talk.

Daniels said that she never expected a player to assault a referee like that, especially a female referee. However, she said this will not stop her from continuing to be a referee, because it is only an obstacle in her life and the ordeal will only make her stronger.

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