A Brazilian football player is facing a charge of attempt to murder for allegedly kicking a referee in the head during a game.
William Ribeiro, 29, two-time referee Rodrigo Crivellaro is seen in shocking video after losing his cool during a match on Monday between Ribeiro’s So Paulo Rio Grande do Sul and rival home team Guarani de Venancio Aires.
“I don’t really remember,” Crivellaro, who was treated and released from a local hospital the next day, told a local station.
“My refereeing colleagues told me I gave them a yellow card,” he said. “He punched me in the face. I fell to the ground, kicked and passed out. This player needs treatment because he is completely out of control. He deserves to be arrested for a long time.”
Officials said Ribeiro was arrested and released on Tuesday – and removed from the team.
Rio Grande do Sul said in a statement after the game on Monday that it was “extremely embarrassed” over the incident and had broken ties with Ribeiro.
“The offensive athlete’s contract has been summarily terminated,” the team said in a statement, according to CNN. “Furthermore, all possible and legal measures shall be taken in respect of this fact.”
post with wires