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Player is fined $1,200 for kissing football

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Filed on September 1, 2020 | Last updated on September 1, 2020 at 11.58 pm
Sergio Lopez, Ecuador, Player, fined, $1,200, kissing football

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The league's disciplinary committee said Lopez was sanctioned for kissing the ball.

A football player in Ecuador was fined $1,200 Monday for kissing the ball in breach of hygiene rules brought in to combat the coronavirus.

Argentine midfielder Sergio Lopez, who plays for Quito-based Aucas in the country's top-tier Liga Pro, became the first player to face sanction under the new rules, after making the offending gesture following his side's 1-0 win over Macara on Friday.

The league's disciplinary committee said Lopez was sanctioned for kissing the ball.

A raft of new rules have been introduced for league games, which returned in August after a five-month stoppage because of the pandemic.

Five other players were fined $1,200 for swapping shirts, which is also banned, in a match on August 16. And two teams were fined for not falling in line with new rules: Liga de Portoviejo for not providing a first aid kit; and Barcelona SC for not providing sanitising gel or alcohol.

Ecuador has recorded 114,000 infections and nearly 6,600 deaths due to the coronavirus.


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