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Brazilian referee pulls out GUN after allegedly being punched

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Referee Camilo Eustáquio de Souza pulls out gun after allegedly being punched

An amateur match in Brazil turned to farce when a referee brought a gun and handcuffs onto the pitch after claiming a player had punched him in the face.

The incident happened during a game between Industrial and Oriente in the Amador Regional Championships of the Passense League last Sunday.

With Industrial winning 3-2 in the 75th minute, the game turned ugly and ended in confusion when the official awarded a penalty for Oriente.

Industrial player Marcos Lopes Vieira disputed the decision and allegedly punched the referee in the face.

Referee Camilo Eustáquio de Souza, who is also a police officer, then sparked fear and amazement with his reaction.

De Souza grabbed a weapon along with a pair of handcuffs from a dugout, but a linesman blocked the official and persuaded him not to take the matter further.

Vieira, meanwhile, is said to have clambered over the Starling Soares Stadium fence to hide in a dressing room for safety.

But a defiant de Souza defended his actions and declared he had not overreacted.

De Souza, who has been a ref for 19 years, said after the match:

My actions were not an exaggeration - the exaggeration was down to the behaviour of the player.

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.

I took the handcuffs so everyone could see that I was not going to use aggression but I was going to take him into custody.

Industrial coach Ideraldo Ribeiro de Assis, who is a retired cop, made a formal complaint while acknowledging his player was in the wrong.

In the changing rooms, I told my player off but what the referee did was completely wrong and a total overreaction.

This situation could have ended in a really bad way if the player had not run off as tempers on both sides were already out of control.

De Souza is now facing a two-year suspension from the game after being reported for abusing his power.

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