A Brazilian footballer, William Ribeiro has been charged with attempted murder after rendering a referee unconscious by kicking him in the head.
The player, was arrested after attacking referee Rodrigo Crivellaro in the head during a match on Monday in Venancio Aires, in Brazil´s southern Rio Grande do Sul state.
The match between Sport Club Sao Paulo and Guarani-RS was in the Rio Grande do Sul state’s second tier.
Ribeiro, who was playing for Sport Club Sao Paulo, attacked Crivellaro at the beginning of the second half after which the referee left the stadium unconscious in an ambulance and was taken to a hospital. After some examinations and observation, he was discharged on Tuesday.
Reacting to the incident, Crivellaro said “I don’t really remember (what happened). My refereeing colleagues told me that I gave him a yellow card. He punched me in the face, I fell to the ground, got kicked, and passed out,” Crivellaro told a local radio station.
“This player needs treatment because he is totally out of control. He deserves to be arrested for a long time.”
Ekohotblog reports that in a phone interview with CNN, Vinicius de Lourenco de Assuncao, who is the police chief of Venancio Aires and made the preventive detention of William Ribeiro, said the footballer had been released from jail on Tuesday.
The club, Sport Club Sao Paulo through a statement has also confirmed the termination of Ribeiro’s contract while expressing how “deeply ashamed” they are about the incident.
“The aggressor athlete’s contract is summarily terminated. Furthermore, all possible and legal measures in relation to the fact will be taken”
Ribeiro is yet to make any comments on the issue.
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