Paraguayan soccer player strangles referee

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A Chilean second division match between Rangers and Deportes Concepcion witnessed one of the craziest incidents ever seen on a football field: a player trying to choke the referee.

Rangers' Jose Pedroso was penalised for a violent challenge on an opponent that was enough to earn him his second yellow card and an early dismissal.

But instead of walking back to the dressing room for an early bath, Pedroso throttled referee Marcelo Miranda and had to be wrestled to the ground by his team-mates.

"We spoke to him and he has resigned," Rangers president Elias Vistoso told El Mercurio.

"We know the punishment awaiting him will not be small."

The incident occurred shortly after the official had ordered a penalty to be re-taken three times.

"I'm not the least bit sorry," Pedroso was quoted saying in the Chilean newspaper La Tercera.

"I understand that I will be punished and I will no longer play for Rangers or any other team. I intend to get away from football, I'd rather be at peace with my family in Paraguay."

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