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Benfica boss Jorge Jesus could face huge ban after fighting police

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Benfica coach Jorge Jesus could be in serious trouble after he manhandled police following the 1-0 win at Vitoria Guimaeres.

The flamboyant tactician took exception to the matchday police’s treatment of a pitch invader, who was wrestled to the ground after running on to celebrate following the tough away victory.

Jesus initially tries to take hold of the fan himself, but as police insist on somewhat roughly restraining the supporter, the 59-year-old completely loses his cool, pushing and shoving officers until he too is led away.

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The former Braga boss, who had only managed smaller Portuguese clubs until his mid 50s, remained defiant.

"The fans came on the pitch and security tried to block one of them and I wanted them to leave him alone as he only wanted to look for a (player’s) jersey," Jesus said afterwards.

However, he was later arrested and questioned for interfering with police work and, in addition to any minor criminal charges, he could face a touchline ban of up to three years.

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