A Brazilian footballer, William Ribeiro is now facing a charge of attempted murder after kicking a referee in the head and knocking him unconscious.
Ribeiro’s arrest came after attacking referee Rodrigo Crivellaro in the head during a match on Monday, October 4
in Venancio Aires, in Brazil´s southern Rio Grande do Sul state during a match between Sport Club Sao Paulo and Guarani-RS.
However, Ribeiro, who was playing for Sport Club Sao Paulo, attacked Crivellaro at the beginning of the second half. An ambulance took Referee Crivellaro to the hospital while he is unconscious.
His discharge came after some examinations and observation, on Tuesday, October 5.
“I don’t really remember (what happened). My refereeing colleagues told me that I gave him a yellow card. He
punched me in the face, I fell to the ground, got kicked, and passed out,” Crivellaro told a local radio station.
“This player needs treatment because he is totally out of control. He deserves to be arrested for a long time.”
On Thursday, October 7, Vinicius de Lourenco de Assuncao, the police chief of Venancio Aires
made the preventive detention of William Ribeiro, stating the release of the footballer from jail.
No lawyer appeared to defend Ribeiro, according to Assuncao, and the case is now with the state public defender.
The Rio Grande do Sul state released a statement saying it had opened an investigation into the incident,
while Sport Club Sao Paulo said that it’s “deeply ashamed” of the aggression and they end Ribeiro´s contract.
The club states the termination of the aggressive athlete’s contract. Furthermore, they took care of all possible and legal measures in relation to the fact.
By Taiyelolu A