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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Basketball Player Banned After Attacking Referee

The International Basketball Federation on Wednesday disqualified a Russian basketball player for two years after he savagely beat a referee in a European game, Sport-Express newspaper reported.

Ruslan Avleyev, who is also a forward for the national team, was playing for Tatar club UNICS in a European group match against Turkish club Besiktas in Kazan when Yugoslav referee Milovoye Iovcic ruled that he had traveled with four minutes and 58 seconds remaining.

Avleyev responded by throwing the ball at the referee, causing him to fall to the floor. The 198-centimeter, 110-kilogram Avleyev then kicked Iovcic as he lay, Sovietsky Sport newspaper reported.

After a brief conversation with UNICS vice president Alexander Shcherbakov, Avleyev left the hall.

Iovcic announced he would not continue to referee the match and also exited. The Besiktas players also left for the dressing rooms, although they were persuaded to return to the court to finish the game 40 minutes later, with Polish referee Zbignev Shpilevsky seeing out the final five minutes of the match alone, Sport-Express reported.

The final score saw UNICS defeated 60-65.

The IBF on Wednesday banned the player from all international matches for two years and fined UNICS 20,000 Deutsche marks ($8,750).

The Russian Basketball Federation announced Wednesday that Avleyev had been temporarily suspended from Russian championship games.