Shocking Scenes As French Player KO's Referee With Single Punch

Jessica Allison
April 29, 2017

The blow instantly knocked Casty unconscious, with the assailant, who had only recently returned from suspension, then turning on others who rushed to the referee's aid as an all-in brawl ensued.

A French Rugby League player is reportedly facing a lifetime ban for punching a referee in the face during a game in Perpignan last weekend.

Video footage shows referee Benjamin Casty showing a Saint-Esteve player a yellow card - which under rugby league rules suspends a player from the field of play for 10 minutes and is known colloquially as a 'sin bin'.

Casty, who is the brother of Catalans Dragons prop Remi, was taken to hospital to treated for injuries to his jaw and cheekbone.

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The Saint-Esteve player could be banned for life after the attack.

The incident has been taken so seriously that Saint-Esteve's club President has announced that he will retire as a result of what happened.

The National Disciplinary Commission will meet to discuss the matter on Wednesday, according to Yahoo 7 Sport.

"This player had already been suspended four games earlier in the season, and I did not want him to play", Cozza said in a French Rugby Federation statement.

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