Former Romania international striker Ionel Ganea has been banned for 22 matches after attacking a linesman during a match between his team Politehnica Stiinta Timisoara and Rapid Bucharest.
“After three days of hearings we have decided to ban Ganea for 22 matches,” Romanian football federation (FRF) disciplinary commissioner Marin Daniel Preda told reporters.
“The commission’s members considered that Ganea might soon end his career so they did not give him the maximum punishment,” Preda said.
Politehnica Stiinta Timisoara officials said the club would appeal against the decision.
Ganea scored 19 goals in 45 matches for Romania.