Brazil Star Who Kicked Referee in the Head Charged With Attempted Murder

Brazil Star Who Kicked Referee in the Head Charged With Attempted Murder

  • Sao Paulo star William Ribeiro has put himself into trouble with the police after kicking the referee during their me against Guarani de Venancio Aires
  • The match was abandoned as the referee was quickly taken to the hospital after he was left unconscious
  • The Brazilian player has been charged with attempted murder and Sao Paul have revealed the player will be expelled

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Brazilian footballer William Ribeiro kicked referee Rodrigo Crivellaro during a game between Sao Paulo de Rio Grande and Guarani de Venancio Aires, Sky Sports, Goal.

How it all went down

It all started when the referee waved off his decision to award Sao Paulo a free kick during the match before he was kicked in the head twice by Ribeiro.

William Ribeiro charged with murder
William Ribeiro has been charged with attempted murder after kicking a referee in the head twice during a match. Photo by Daily Mail
Source: UGC

Crivellaro lay to the ground as he was left unconscious and was quickly rushed to the hospital by the paramedics.

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On the other hand, the offender was immediately handed over to the police and was charged with attempted murder.

The referee was discharged from the hospital the next day and told journalists he does not remember how it happened.

Local police told journalists it is left for the judge to decide if the player would remain in custody while investigation is ongoing or be released on bail.

The match which was suspended after the horrible incident will be completed in the coming week.

Sao Paulo released a statement, regretting "one of the saddest episodes in their history" and that the player's contract with the club was terminated with immediate effect.

Promising Italian goalkeeper dies

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that former Reggiana goalkeeper Daniel Leone has passed on at the age of 28 after enduring a brain tumour since 2014, Italy 24 News, Mirror.

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The shot-stopper discovered the illness shortly after he joining the club that currently plays in Serie C.

Leone underwent successful surgery and return to the game in 2017 as he joined Catanzaro for another spell.

The talented goalie finally gave up the ghost after seven years of enduring the discomfort the sickness brought to him and his family.

Legendary Liverpool and England goalscorer dies at 83 also reported that Liverpool's second most prolific scorer and former England international Roger Hunt has died at the age of 83, Sky Sports, The Guardian.

Hunt was part of the Three Lions squad that won their first and only World Cup in the 1966 edition where he scored three goals in the group stages.

His 244 goals for Liverpool was only bettered by Ian Rush during his 11-year spell with the Merseyside club.


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