Romanian federation bans coach for assault

Updated: February 27, 2007, 7:56 AM ET

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.