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Romanian federation bans coach for assault

2/27/2007

BUCHAREST, Romania -- A Romanian coach has been
banned for a year by his national federation for physically
abusing a 15-year-old female gymnast, an official told Reuters
on Tuesday.

"The [Romanian Gymnastics Federation] FRG board banned
coach Mihael Anton for 12 months after he was found to have
verbally and physically attacked promising gymnast Emanuela
Rusu," FRG president Adrian Stoica said.

Stoica said footage captured on a mobile phone had proved
that Anton swore at Rusu before striking her face several times
during a training session in the western city of Timisoara.

He added that Rusu's parents had lodged an official complaint with the FRG against Anton, who denied any wrongdoing during their investigations.

"Anton will not take part in any official coaching
activities for one year ... his ban starts today," Stoica said.