DOUBLE JEOPARDY FOR SOCCER PLAYER
A football match almost turned into a murder scene when a football player became violent to a match official at the Rio Grande do Sul stadium, in Brazil.
The incident occurred just after 14 minutes in the game where Willian Riberio, a striker for Sao Paulo de Rio Grande campaigning in the 2nd Division Gaucho Championship kicked the referee in the head, leaving him unconscious.
The motive for the kick was due to an argument that Riberio had had with the referee about a foul that he allegedly suffered and the referee didn’t issue and caution which led to him violently kicking the referee in the neck.
Rodrigo Crivellaro lost consciousness and was quickly rushed to hospital by the paramedics.
The commissioner of the Civil Police of Venacio Aires, Vinicius Assuncao, said that Riberio was arrested and charged with attempted murder and remained in custody.
William Ribeiro kicked referee Rodrigo Crivellaro twice during Monday’s match between Sao Paulo de Rio Grande and Guarani. He has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.. pic.twitter.com/Fn0NejIDnF
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“The attack was very strong, violent, and on the referees head, which made him faint and was taken to hospital which is why he (Willian Riberio) can be framed for attempted homicide,” Assuncao said.
He alluded that the victim could not defend himself because he had already assaulted.
“The victim had no defence because he was already beaten while standing and wasn’t able to defend himself. He could have died or suffered a serious brain injury,” Assuncao added.
Furthermore, this is not the first time Riberio has shown aggression in a stadium. He was sent off in 2014 after he punched a rival in a match and he was also accused of assaulting a supporter in an incident outside the stadium.
Police have charged a Brazilian footballer with attempted murder after he kicked a referee in the head.
Sao Paulo de Rio Grande’s William Ribeiro was playing in the second division against Guarani de Venancio when he attacked referee Rodrigo Crivellaro. https://t.co/g5EF3EBJsB pic.twitter.com/XidLvxQrmh
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The Rio Grande club condemned what happened and terminated the contract of the player, while the Rio Grande do Sul State Soccer Federation said the case will also be tried by the Sports Justice.