Frankfurt’s Abraham loses appeal over attack on coach


Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz, and Frankfurt's David Abraham, left, challenge for the ball during a German Bundesliga soccer match. (Martin Meissner/AP)

Frankfurt captain David Abraham has lost an appeal against his seven-week ban for knocking an opposition coach to the ground.

The defender hit 54-year-old Freiburg coach Christian Streich with his shoulder during a Bundesliga game Nov. 10 while chasing a ball which had gone out of play.

Freiburg players and staff then chased Abraham onto the field, sparking a mass brawl.

The German soccer federation says its sports court on Tuesday upheld a ban for Abraham through Dec. 29 and his fine of 25,000 euros ($27,700).

The panel’s chairman, Hans Eberhard Lorenz, calls the incident "a clear case of intentional assault."

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