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Jose Gimenez might get 15-match ban after elbowing FIFA official & attack on World Cup ref

Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez could be slapped with a staggering 15-game ban after he appeared to elbow a FIFA official in the wake of his nation’s controversial exit from the World Cup.

The South American’s were tipped by many to progress into the knockout stages of the tournament, but Diego Alonso’s side struggled to live up to expectations in Qatar, where they scored just twice in three games.

After banking a solitary point from their opening two group games, Uruguay knew they needed to beat Ghana to progress from Group H – but what they didn’t bank on was South Korea beating Portugal : a result that condemned Uruguay to an early exit.

Uruguay cantered to a 2-0 win over Ghana courtesy of a brilliant brace from Giorgian De Arrascaeta, but the match was marred by refereeing controversy and ugly scenes as news began to filter out about the South Korea result.

Several Uruguay stars, including Gimenez, were left incensed after referee Daniel Siebert failed to award them a late penalty after Edinson Cavani was brought down inside the box.

And after learning that they were out of the tournament on goal difference, Gimenez and his teammates vented their frustrations at the referee as he left the pitch at full-time. While others ranted, Gimenez could find himself in hot water after elbowing a FIFA official in the back of the head during his attempts to personally confront Siebert.

The irate Atletico Madrid star had to be held back by his own teammates, and a new report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claims that the 27-year-old could face a lengthy ban if his post-match meltdown is reported to FIFA.

-Mirror

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