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Chile: Player attacks referee in 2nd division match (+video)

Posted in South America Football by peterbein on July 22, 2010

A player has been suspended for twenty-seven matches after he attacked a referee in a Chilean second division game at the weekend. A game between Club Deportes de Concepción and Club Social Deportes Rangers in the former’s stadium stood at 2-0 for the home team with 77 minutes gone after Concepción’s second goal came about from a penalty that had been taken three times before the fourth attempt was given by the referee. This incensed the Rangers players and José Pedroso in particular who, after the referee had given a foul against his team a couple of minutes after the goal, took the law into his own hands and grabbed hold of referee Marcelo Miranda around the neck. Not surprisingly the player was shown the red card and he has stated since the incident that he is not sorry for what he did, expressing further his wishes to get out of football altogether. Just as well seeing as FIFA, if they wished, could ban the player for life over the incident. Nonetheless his sending-off certainly did nothing to help Rangers cause as they eventually went down to a 3-0 reverse and have taken just one point from the last nine league games. See the video HERE: