A soccer referee has been critically injured after being attacked by a 17-year-old player angry about a call made during the game, police said.
Match officials often face a torrent of abuse from angry players and on some occasions the attacks can turn violent.
Costa Rica have submitted a letter of protest with FIFA in the wake of their 1-0 loss to the US national team in last Friday’s snowy 2014 World Cup qualifier at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside of Denver.
Being a soccer referee is sometimes a thankless job. The ultimate responsibility is player safety, but they have to deal with much more than that — the elements, hot tempers, and fans.
A brawl broke out in a Brazilian second division match which showcased a collection of flying kicks, punches, slide tackles, injuries, and 12 red cards.
Violence broke out in a Campeonato Amazonense match between Iranduba and Sao Raimundo-AM in Brazil. Globo reports that Iranduba’s Derlan made an insulting gesture to the referee after he was given a yellow card. The fourth official alerts the referee and out comes the red card for Derlan. This incenses the player into a rage and he snaps.
A news crew filmed a violent assault during a girl’s high school soccer match between Chester High School and Lewisville High School on Monday evening in Chester County, South Carolina.
In Brazil this past Saturday, a police dog bit a player on the leg during a second-round match in the Rio Grande do Sul championship.
Jeb Brovsky of the Montreal Impact was only 19 minutes into Saturday’s match against Columbus Crew when he was sent off for striking an opponent with his elbow during a header.
Referees are using their best judgment to detect diving. In a Belgian amateur match between Templeuve and Quevy, Julien Lecomte takes an elbow to the back of the head as he goes for a header. He suffered a concussion and three displaced vertebrae from the collision and had to be carted off the pitch on a stretcher.