SINGAPORE - A former container handling specialist who caused grievous hurt to a referee during an inter-department football tournament was jailed for 10 months on Friday.
Muhammad Maziz Abdul Rahman, 29, was ordered to pay $2,000 compensation to the victim, who suffered serious injuries, including a broken nose.
Maziz had admitted to lunging his left boot onto Mr Mohd Asadullah's thigh, punching his face twice and kicking the back of his head when the 35-year-old was lying on the ground at the soccer field at Bukit Chermin Road, PSA Club, on Dec 4 last year.
The court heard that Mr Mohd Asadullah was the referee during the semi-finals match played between PPT United and Container Logistics Department United, in the PSA Football League, that evening.
During the first half of the soccer match, the referee showed Maziz, a central midfielder with CLD United , a yellow card for shouting "stupid or what'' in Malay at him.
In the second half of the match, the referee showed Maziz a second yellow card, followed by a red card, for dissent by words and action. Maziz was heard telling his team-mates that the referee was stupid.
The referee ordered Maziz to leave the pitch. Unhappy, Maziz ran towards the referee and stepped on his foot. He pushed Maziz away.
A few of Maziz's team-mates then surrounded the referee and shoved him.
Maziz shouted that he would see the victim outside, and that he was not scared as he had beaten up referees before. The referee stood firm and told him to leave the pitch.
Maziz ran towards Mr Mohd Asadullah and lunged his left soccer boot into the victim's thigh. He also punched the victim on the face at least twice. The victim fell, and his nose was bleeding profusely. They were separated by players.
Maziz then returned and kicked the victim once on the head while the latter was lying on the pitch.
Maziz's lawyer, Mr T.M. Sinnadurai, said that Maziz had not only lost his job but his fiancee as well as a result of the incident.
Maziz was truly remorseful and regretted his action committed on the spur of the moment, the lawyer said.
District Judge Adam Nakhoda said Maziz's response to the cards was completely disproportionate; he had no regard to referee's authority and his act was wholly uncalled for.
The judge noted that the victim's vulnerable parts were involved and said Maziz's attack showed his "hooligan tendency".
The maximum punishment for causing grievous hurt is 10 years' jail, fine or caning.