When soccer players from Brazilian lower-league Amantes da Bola started kicking and slapping referee Gabriel Murta, the official got heated. When the manager entered the pitch to argue a call, Murta went over the top.
He ducked into the training room and returned with a gun. After all, Murta works as a policeman by day.
So what if Ed Hochuli told Cam Newton he is too young to get a call? At least he did not pull out a gun on him (except of course, those Hochuli biceps).
The video was shot by a spectator at the match, which took place near Belo Horizonte, Brazil's sixth largest city. Amantes da Bola, which translates to "Lovers of the Ball," was pitted against Brumadinho.
Murta claims he was assaulted by Amantes da Bola players and displayed his weapon in self-defense.
Referees' association boss Giuliano Bozzano issued the following statement:
"The Minas Gerais Football Federation has already summoned 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."
For those worried about Brazil's high violence rate in anticipation of the 2016 Rio Olympics, this is not about to help.
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