An assistant referee in Chechnya has been issued with a lifetime ban on Monday following an assault on an 18-year-old player.
Linesman Musa Kadyrov launched an attack on Amkar Perm defender Ilya Krichmar in the later stages of Sunday's match with local team Terek in Grozny, Chechnya.
"The referee blew the final whistle and I started walking to our bench when suddenly someone came from behind me, pushed me to the ground and began kicking and punching me," the victim told reporters. "Terek players then joined the attack. Someone grabbed me by the throat, another hit me ... bloodying my face.
"Thank God, my teammates came to the rescue. Special thanks to [Oleg] Vlasov from Terek. We had known each other from a youth academy in St Petersburg and he helped me escape."
Authorities within the local game in Chechnya were united in condemning Kadyrov, but differed on the severity of the punishment.
"He has only worked on a regional level but we made the decision to ban him for life, therefore he won't be able to officiate matches at any level," Chechan chief of football Lom-Ali Ibragimov told R-Sport.
The general secretary of the Russian Players' Union (RSFT) also thinks that other steps should be taken.
"We feel just banning Kadyrov is not enough," Nikolai Grammatikov told Reuters. "The RFU must take a much tougher stance on this because assaults on players have become an almost regular occurrence in Grozny.
"We think preventing Terek to host reserve matches in Grozny for a year should teach Chechen authorities a lesson, otherwise it is just going to get worse and worse."
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