Motor Lublin coach Gonçalo Feio was given an extremely light punishment by the PZPN’s Disciplinary Committee, after his violent outbursts two weeks ago. The Portuguese was handed a one-year ban, suspended for a period of two years.
33-year-old Feio is reported to have injured the club’s then-president, Paweł Tomczyk, by throwing a document folder at his head. Tomczyk had been standing in defence of the club’s former press officer, Paulina Maciążęk, who had been insulted by the coach and refused to sit beside him at the team’s post-match press conference following their win over GKS Jastrzębie.
In Thursday’s disciplinary meeting, the committee examined the case and determined that Feio had been guilty of “unethical behaviour”. As a result, they bestowed upon him the suspended sentence. In addition, Feio was handed a 30,000 PLN (€6,400 EUR) fine, and forced to apologise for his actions in writing to both Tomczyk and Maciążek.
The punishment could be considered extremely lenient, given that Feio has a history of violent outbursts during his time in Poland. Media outlet Weszło highlighted a number of these; including the time he attacked a security guard at Wisła Kraków, and when he attempted to start a fight with Lech Poznań’s goalkeeping coach.
Motor owner Zbigniew Jakubas had earlier opted to stand behind the coach, after a strong run of form saw the club climb the 2 Liga table; believing that results on the pitch were more important than his behaviour and morals.