Run-ins between athletes and officials happen from time-to-time, it’s just part of sports. While there should be a level of respect by the players, it’s not always the case. This incident during a soccer match in Passos, Brazil is a perfect example of that.
According to Mirror UK, Marcos Lopes Vieira, a Brazilian soccer player, disagreed with a call by a referee and punched him in the face. Little did he know the referee, Camilo Eustáquio de Souza, is also a police officer. After being struck in the face, de Souza ran over to a duffle bag to retrieved a gun and a pair of handcuffs. When Vieira saw de Souza going for the gun, he fled the stadium by jumping over a fence.
While talking to press, de Souza told the media he had no intention of using the weapon.
“My actions were not an exaggeration, the exaggeration was down to the behavior of the player,” he said. “I was in charge of the game and to bring things under control I made the decision to act in my capacity as a police officer and arrest a citizen who assaulted me.”
The manager of the team, Ideraldo Ribeiro de Assis, who is a retired police officer, filed a formal complaint against the referee, even after admitting his player was in the wrong.
“In the changing rooms,” he said. “I told my player off but what the referee did was completely wrong and a total overreaction.”
This isn’t the first time there was an incident of assault between a soccer player and referee and it probably won’t be the last.