Player detained after punching referee in Brazil

Updated: 07 April 2012 15:24 IST

Police temporarily detained a player from a small club in northern Brazil for punching the referee after being sent off.

Player detained after punching referee in Brazil

Sao Paulo:

Police temporarily detained a player from a small club in northern Brazil for punching the referee after being sent off.

Television images showed Derlan charging toward referee Joao Batista Cunha Brito and striking him several times after being shown the red card. Officers rushed to the field to hold back the player.

Derlan told local media on Saturday that he was sorry for what he did, but said he lost control because the referee offended his mother, who is sick with cancer.

Brito showed the red card to Derlan after his assistant said the player accused the officiating crew of making calls against his team on purpose.

Derlan, who plays for Amazon club Iranduba, could be suspended for up to 720 days for his tirade, which happened in a match last week.



Topics : Football Brazil
Related Articles
FIFA Club World Cup Set to Begin Under The Shadow of Chapecoense Plane Tragedy
FIFA Club World Cup Set to Begin Under The Shadow of Chapecoense Plane Tragedy
Real Madrid Demand Respect For 'Exemplary' Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid Demand Respect For 'Exemplary' Cristiano Ronaldo
Champions League: Arsenal Seal Top Spot, Bayern Munich Beat Atletico Madrid
Champions League: Arsenal Seal Top Spot, Bayern Munich Beat Atletico Madrid
Show Comments
Advertisement