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Villas-Boas Banned For Hitting Referee

Zenit manager Andre Villas-Boas has been banned six games in the Russian Premier League after hitting an official in a game Saturday.

Zenit St. Petersburg won the league last season and sits in third after seven games this year. It was in the 3-1 loss against Kyliya Sovetov Samara on Saturday that Villas-Boas, 37, began a heated discussion with the fourth official that got him sent up to the stands.

The Russian Soccer Union handed Villas-Boas a six-game touchline ban on Thursday, after he was caught swearing on Russian TV, and allegedly hitting the fourth official in the chest. While the hitting of the official was caught on tape,  Artur Grigoryants, head of the disciplinary commission told ESPN FC that Villas-Boas “left his technical area and hit the fourth official in the chest.”

Grigoryants also said that Villas-Boas apologized to the officials after the game and had said that “he had a temporary loss of control, and said he didn’t have the right to behave like that.”

The Portuguese manager will miss several important games for Zenit, including the game against first-placed CSKA Moscow on Sept. 12. CSKA has been steamrolling through the competition to start the season and top the league with 21 points after seven straight wins.

Villas-Boas had spells in the Premier League with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur after leaving Poro in the Portuguese league in 2011. He took over Zenit in March 2014 after leaving Tottenham by mutual consent in December 2013 and guided the team to a league title in his first  full year with the club.

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