In Brazil, it’s dangerous being a referee…
There were crazy scenes during a lower-league match in Brazil at the weekend, when a referee pulled out a gun after tempers boiled over.
The man in question, Gabriel Murta, was furious after getting some rough treatment from one of the teams, but his reaction is sure to lead to serious consequences.
As per the Mirror:
Gabriel Murta was kicked and slapped by players from lower-leagueAmantes de Bola, while the manager invaded the pitch demanding a red card, it is claimed.
Murta, said to be a policeman by day, reacted by racing to the changing rooms and returning with a firearm.
Murta will now undergo psychological testing before the Minas Gerais Football Federation decides on a punishment.
The Referees’ Association boss Giuliano Bozzano said:
The Minas Gerais Football Federation has already summonsed the referee and a psychologist to a meeting, and I’m going to talk with him today.
On the basis of that conversation and his account of events and the results of the psychological assessment, I’ll decide what if any measures to take.
What’s happened is obviously not a common occurrence, and I don’t want to rush into anything.
At the moment it happened, he’s opted for getting his gun because in his view it was a question of controlling a situation.
We suspect we haven’t heard the last of this one!