A referee pulled out a gun during a dispute over a red card during an amateur soccer match in Brazil. The referee pulled the weapon out after he was attacked by players from soccer club team called Amantes de Bola.
As reported on Tuesday, the referee, Gabriel Murta, is a police officer by profession and that is why he had the weapon. Also, his behavior with the weapon during the soccer match this past weekend obviously called for disciplinary action.
It was also reported that Murta ran into the locker room after being attacked by players from Amantes de Bola and came out with his gun. The linesman ran on the field to restrain the angered, armed official.
The soccer match was being played in Brumadinho near Belo Horizonte, which is Brazil’s sixth largest city. The two teams involved were the local team with the name of their town, Brumadinho, and the visiting team Amantes de Bola, which translates into “Lovers of the Ball.”
Apparently, there was a red card shown to one of the players from the visiting side and the melee ensued. The referees’ association boss Giuliano Bozzano tried to justify the incident by stating that Murta felt threatened and sought the weapon for protection.
Back in 2013, a similar incident occurred in an amateur soccer match in Brazil in which a referee was decapitated on the field. It was also a red card dispute which led players in attacking the referee. That referee pulled a knife out and stabbed a player attacking him, killing the assailant.
The player who was stabbed had his family members in the stand who decided to retaliate and killed the ref by decapitation. So, this type of behavior is not new to Brazil, and it is something that the country has to obviously fix.
Murta was given psychological assessment on Friday and is being investigated for possible suspension or permanent ban. No reports were made so far regarding any disciplinary action on the players who attacked the ref from the team “Lovers of the Ball.”