The hammer has fallen on a Fijian player for racially abusing a referee.

Samuela Drudru of Lautoka FC allegedly made racial remarks when he was sent off during last month’s semi-final of the OFC Champions League, the confederation’s showpiece tournament, after receiving a second yellow card.

The OFC disciplinary committee imposed the sanction after receiving a report from referee Campbell-Kirk Waugh of New Zealand following the game against Marist FC of the Solomon Islands.

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It also banned Drudru from entering football stadiums during his suspension and fined him NZ$7,500 ($5,200).

“Taking into account all the circumstances of the case and the gravity of the incident, the committee decided to suspend the player for seven matches,” it said in a statement.

The OFC did not detail Drudru’s alleged remarks but the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reported he made reference to “white people” before leaving the field.