Coach strangles referee, linesman hit by stone in Brazil | inside World Soccer

An amateur final in Brazil at the weekend descended into chaos with a referee choked and the linesman hit by a stone.

Internacional coach chokes the referee in anger after a controversial red card against his team
Internacional coach chokes the referee in anger after a controversial red card against his team

Photo: Willians Biehl

Internacional played São Defende in the final of the Copa Sul dos Campeões, and, after Inter took an early lead, things turned controversial when a São Defende player was given a red card for apparently punching an opponent.

But then referee Edésio Weber became his own worst enemy as he also delivered a red to the Inter player who had been punched to the ground, sparking an angry reaction from the Inter players.

The official managed to shimmy away to safety with the aid of his linesmen, but moments later he was gasping for air as, unbelievably, Inter's coach choked the bewildered referee.

The match somehow continued until a stone thrown from the crowd flattened a linesman for several minutes, during which time he received a soda shower from another furious supporter.

Somewhat incredibly, the match continued until the end, with Inter eventually running out 3-0 winners, and according to local reports there were no complaints received by the police for violence at the game.


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