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'He slapped me in the face three or four times:' Club president attacks TV pundit
FC Sion president Christian Constantin was seen attacking a TV pundit after a league game.

THE PRESIDENT OF a Swiss-based football club, attacked a TV commentator following a league match on Thursday.

Camera footage shows FC Sion president Christian Constantin slapping former Switzerland coach, and TV pundit, Rolf Fringer, after his side won a Swiss Super League game.

Fringer, who currently works for the Swiss broadcaster Teleclub, claims he did not retaliate when he was being attacked.

“He slapped me in the face three or four times. I held my microphone, did not hit back. I thought: ‘This can’t be real.’

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“He kicked me in the back. That’s unbelievable.”

Fringer also reportedly said that he was tripped over the camera while trying to escape.

Meanwhile, Constantin admitted to hitting Fringer, but alleges that he was ‘verbally attacked’ by the pundit.

Speaking to Swiss wire ATS, he said:

“I’ve straightened things out. How? I got to him and kicked him in the a**. It feels good. It might not be gentlemanly, but you need to defend yourself when you’re attacked.”

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He added that he is pressing charges against Fringer for defamation, who had been critical of Constantin’s leadership at the club.

The Swiss Football League is said to be investigating the incident.

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