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German friendly abandoned after referee fouled

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DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -A friendly match between Benfica and Fortuna Duesseldorf was abandoned in the 39th minute on Saturday when the referee was knocked to the ground shortly after sending off a player.

Television footage showed Benfica captain Luisao protesting referee Christian Fischer's decision to eject teammate Javi Garcia. Brazilian international Luisao then appeared to shove Fischer, who lay on the ground for several seconds before getting up and walking off the pitch.

Duesseldorf said in a statement on its Web site that Fischer received treatment from its team doctor but decided against resuming the match.

Newly promoted Duesseldorf will play in the Bundesliga this season.

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