A horrendous video has surfaced of a female referee being brutally attacked by a male player during an amateur soccer match in Argentina.
The incident occurred over the weekend during a lower league match between Garmense and Deportivo Independencia in Tres Arroyos, Buenos Aires.
Reading: Referee hit by football player
Cristian Tirone de Garmense hit referee Dalma Magali Cortadi on the ground after she booked one of his teammates.
You can see a slight discussion about the decision between the referee and some players, but finally the player in question accepted the warning without any real problem.
However, after Cortadi drew his yellow card, Tirone ran up and punched him in the head from behind.
The embarrassing attack was quickly stopped by Cortadi’s fellow officials, but neither Tirone’s teammates nor the opposing team’s players appeared to react.
A report from the nation indicates that the match was suspended after the referee was forced to leave her post to seek hospital treatment. Several police officers also responded immediately and arrested Tirone.
cortadi has asked that the garmense player be banned from playing football again.
Unfortunate, outrageous and reprehensible what happened in a third division match in the regional league of three streams 🇦🇷 between sports independence vs. Garmense, Dalma Cortadi, main judge, receives a brutal and cowardly blow from behind Cristian Tirone. via: @clmerlo pic.twitter.com/mush7op8hd
“You have to kick him out forever,” Cortadi told the Argentine outlet ole. “I should never be in any club. he is a violent person. he must also be in his daily life. I saw it on the video: a normal person does not do what this man did.
“no one deserves this. We don’t go to the field to be beaten. I hope he pays for what he did.”
garmense has also issued a statement from the club expressing its “strong rejection” of tirane’s actions.
“The institution expresses its solidarity with the referee who was attacked, expresses its apologies, makes itself available to her and commits to continue working to eradicate violence in all its forms and train athletes with values such as: discipline, camaraderie, commitment and, above all, respect and tolerance”, reads the statement.
This is also not the first time that a South American official has been attacked this year.
in brazil in april, former desportivo railway head coach rafael soriano was fired from his post after headbutting a line judge.
Soriano stormed onto the pitch at half-time to appeal a decision and received a yellow card for his protests. While lineswoman Marcielly Netto was trying to diffuse the situation between him and the referee, Soriano attacked her.
He was then shown a red card and riot police blocked his attempt to reach netto a second time. the club confirmed that he had been sacked shortly after.