Canadian soccer player Olivier Occean receives 6-match ban
By QMI Agency
|Canadian forward Oliver Occean was banned six games by FIFA after an incident against Cuba in World Cup qualifying. (QMI Agency file photo)
FIFA has come down hard on Canadian soccer player Olivier Occean.
The forward was handed a six-match suspension Monday after he was ejected from a World Cup qualifier in Toronto on Oct. 12 against Cuba, a 3-0 win for Canada.
After going two goals up with 15 minutes remaining in the match, Occean was sent off following a goal by David Edgar when a scuffle broke out inside Cuba's box.
FIFA ruled the discipline necessary because Occean committed an "act of unsporting conduct" then used "offensive language" toward the match officials.
The 31-year-old served the first of his six-game ban in Canada's 8-1 defeat to Honduras, which knocked the team out of World Cup qualifying.
Occean's ban must be served in competitive matches and the remaining five games will start with this summer's Gold Cup in July.