- Former Portugal international Fabio Coentrao has suffered a one-match ban despite retiring from football last year
- Fabio Coentrao has quit the game of football and the Portuguese has decided to continue his career in fishing
- The 34-year-old was Cristiano Ronaldo's best friend while playing for Real Madrid where they won La Liga and UCL titles together
Ex-Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao has been suspended and fined by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) one year after hanging his boots.
Coentrao was handed the ban for "insults and reputational offences" while in action for his club Rio Ave against Boavista in April last year.
The left back was on target in stoppage time in a heated 3-3 draw, but was red carded together with one member of Boavista's coaching staff for an incident that occurred at the end of the match.
Over one year later, the FPF has banned Coentrao a one-match ban despite retiring last summer, as well as a fine of €850.
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"between the date of the incident and the final decision, 486 days have passed, and eight days from the disciplinary hearing to the final decision issued by the Disciplinary Board," the FPF explained in a statement, quoted by Marca.
"The fact that a particular sports person has ceased to play does not rule out the possibility of his responsibility for disciplinary offences committed during his playing career."
Coentrao joined Real Madrid in 2012 from Benfica for a fee reported around £27million.
During his seven-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu, the former Portuguese left back made 106 appearances, netted once and registered 11 assists.
He won two league titles, two Champions Leagues and three Club World Cups with the Los Blancos.
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As it is known worldwide that the game of football cannot be played forever by the players as time will come when they will hang their boots.
Some footballers can be lucky to play the round leader game until the age of 40, while some will not make it as some will even be forced to retirement because of injury.