William Ribeiro is facing attempted murder charges after kicking referee Rodrigo Crivellaro in the head. YouTube William Ribeiro was arrested and cut from the team on Oct. 5, 2021. Photonews via ...
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A soccer referee was beheaded and his head displayed atop a wooden stake at midfield after a match erupted in violence in Brazil.
Herbert Fandel, the head of the German Football Association (DFB) referee commission, has acknowledged that violence is a factor in influencing dwindling referee numbers.
Whether it is a professional footballer insulting the referee’s mother, or parents of junior players threatening officials at a local five-a-side match, abusing the ref has become a “normal ...
During a June 29, 2014 recreational soccer game in Detroit, Bassel Saad received a yellow card from referee John Bieniewicz. Bieniewicz was about to hand out a second yellow card for verbal abuse, which would've ejected Saad from the game, when Saad punched the referee. The 44-year-old Bieniewicz died from the blow two days later.
Police have accused the teenage player in a recreational soccer league of punching 46-year-old referee Ricardo Portillo on April 27 after he called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card.
While the increase of violence is an alarming and significant trend over recent seasons, hundreds if not thousands of games are played every week without any violence. The issue raised by most referees as more pertinent is the consistent presence of verbal abuse. Some players think they can call them anything they want.
Violence against referees - a far too common occurrence in Europe. There appears to be no end to reports of violence against officials in German amateur football.
Just about every weekend in German amateur football, a referee is brutally attacked. The German Football Association (the DFB) regularly makes announcements urging players and fans to respect the...