Gabriel Murta, the football referee pulls out the gun instead of the red card
Red card. Watch the moment a Brazilian referee pulls a gun out during an apparent red card dispute at a lower-league football matc.
A referee reacted to an alleged assault by a player by getting a gun out at a Brazilian football match over the weekend.
Gabriel Murta is facing disciplinary action after going to the changing rooms to get the weapon and racing back onto the pitch, waving it around.
The official, said to be a police officer by day, had to be restrained by one his linesmen.
The shocking incident happened at the weekend during a regional league match in Brumadinho near Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s sixth largest city and the capital of the state of Minais Gerais.
Amateur side Brumadinho was playing against Amantes da Bola – which literally translates as “Lovers Of The Ball.”
League president Valdenir de Castro claimed Murta was kicked and slapped after Amantes da Bola subs and the manager invaded the pitch to demand a red card for a rival team player.
Referees’ association boss Giuliano Bozzano said the official felt threatened and went to look for the weapon to defend himself.
He was due to undergo a psychological assessment on Tuesday and could face suspension or a permanent ban.