SOUTH China's goalkeeper Werner Kooistra has been banned for four domestic matches by the Asian Football Confederation following an investigation into an abandoned President's Cup match in the Philippines three months ago. Kooistra was blamed for starting a fight which left teammate Lee Wai-leung with a nasty cut to his lip that required six stitches. The game was re-started after the incident but it was later called off by the referee due to a thunderstorm and flooding of the pitch. News of the ban came as a complete shock to the Caroliners. Roger Lau Kwan-ming, South China's FA council representative, said: ''We really don't understand why the AFC has imposed such a harsh penalty on Kooistra because the match abandonment had nothing to do with him. ''The referee called off the match because there was a thunderstorm and the pitch was all flooded. We will appeal on behalf of Kooistra.'' However, the AFC's Malaysia-based general secretary Peter Velappan said the decision was taken on the referee's report. ''The referee reported that Kooistra took the ball and threw it at an opposing player following a collision and he also hit another player,'' said Velappan, adding, ''Both these actions are very serious misconduct and that constitutes a four-game suspension from Hong Kong matches.'' When asked whether the AFC had taken into consideration that the match was abandoned because of the inclement weather, Velappan reiterated that ''we went by the referee's report'' without stressing further. Kooistra's ban has not only affected South China, but also Kitchee. The Caroliners now want to recall reserve goalkeeper Leung Cheuk-cheung, whom they had loaned to Kitchee. Meanwhile, South China's star midfielder Leslie Santos has decided to go to Holland to seek medical advice with the help of his Dutch teammate Marcel Liesdek. Santos said Liesdek had already sent his medical report, issued by the club's doctor Lee Po-chin, to a Dutch surgeon who has connections with Dr Marc Martens who mended super star Ruud Gullit. According to Liesdek, the Dutch surgeon said he would give a week's fitness exercises to Santos and observe his injury by X-ray. If only a minor operation is needed, he would do it for the 28-year-old player at once. But if it is more serious, he could arrange for Dr Martens to fly from Belgium to Holland to take care of Santos.