Soccer Ref Pulls Gun On Player During Match

Brazilian soccer referee pulls gun on player after being punched in the face                                             

Red cards be damned. When Brazilian referee Camilo Eustáquio de Souza received a punch to the face from a player in the middle of a Passense League soccer match, he saw only one way to control the situation: pull out a handgun.

de Souza, who is also a police officer, retrieved the gun and a pair of handcuffs from his bag and then chased after the player. The player, Marcos Lopes Vieira, fled the stadium to avoid a confrontation.

Hey, Arkansas legislators, now do you see why allowing guns into stadiums is a terrible idea?

Here’s how de Souza explained his actions, via Mirror:

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 wasn’t going to use aggression but I was going to take him into custody,” Mr de Souza explained.

Sounds like someone may have been inspired by the cops who arrested a kidnapper in the middle of a match last month.

While Vieira will likely face suspension, de Souza has been reported for abuse of power and could face a two-year suspension depending on how the Passense League views the incident.


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