A soccer player in Buenos Aires was arrested after hitting a female referee from behind.
The attack came after the player was called up for a foul and one of his teammates was shown a yellow card.
The referee went to a hospital and wants the player to be banned for life.
A football game was canceled and a player was arrested after a brutal attack on a female referee.
Cristian Tirone of Argentina’s third division Club Deportivo Garmense was arrested on the pitch after attacking the referee from behind.
The official appeared to be calling a foul on Tirone, who strongly advocated the call. When he was pulled away by teammates, the referee gave a yellow card to one of Tirone’s teammates for dissent.
That was when Tirone broke free, charged the referee from behind and punched her in the head, causing her to fall. After being pushed away by the assistant referees, the police entered the field and arrested the player.
According to Twitter, the caption to this video reads: “Cowardly attack on a female football player referee in the reserve match Independencia against Garmense, corresponding to the Tres Arroyos League. The victim is Dalma Cortadi and the perpetrator, Cristian Tirone.”
The match was stopped after the attack and Cortadi was taken to a hospital, according to La Nacion.
She later told Olé News (via La Nacion) that she was under observation in hospital for a blow to the head and scrapes and bruises on her arms.
“This situation hurts me at work because it makes me unable to work,” Cortadi told Olé, according to Google translate. “Now I have to be strong. The blows have hurt me … You have to kick him out forever. He should never be in a club. He is a violent person. He must also be in his daily life. I saw it on the video: a normal person doesn’t do what this guy did no one deserves this we don’t go to the [matches] be beaten. I hope he pays for what he’s done.”
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The club issued a statement after the attack:
“Given the events that took place this Sunday during the Third Division football match played in the town of Adolfo Gonzales Chaves between Garmense and Independencia, in which a player from Garmense physically attacked the woman who acted as referee, the Club expresses its energetic rejection of this action contrary to the spirit intended to instill the practice of this sport.The institution expresses its solidarity with the official who was attacked, apologizes, makes itself available to her and undertakes to continue to work to eradicate violence in all its forms and train athletes with values such as: discipline, camaraderie, dedication and above all respect and tolerance. — Board of Directors and Subcommittee on Football.”
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