Chilean football legend Marcelo Salas was caught on film getting into a massive brawl at a high-end beach bar.
Salas, 40, and his bikini-clad girlfriend Gianella Marengo had to be restrained by security at the luxury hotel in the Dominican Republic. The incident reportedly happened when a discussion with a fellow guest about rugby turned violent.
Security at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino de Punta Cana were called and three guards overpowered the former striker. They also held Marengo, a 29-year-old TV presenter, back, and the Daily Mail reported her to have been heard as screaming: “Let me go, let me go, please…let go of my hand, let me go …you are suffocating me… you are hurting me!”
When Salas, Chile’s all-time top goal scorer, was contacted about the footage he told the Daily Mail he was happy it had been shared, saying: “I don’t mind that the images have been shared, because we didn’t do anything wrong.”
Marengo added: “The only thing I tried to do was protect Marcelo because they had his head stuck in the sand and you can clearly see how they kick him when he’s on the floor.”
Neither Salas, the hotel, or the other guest involved are pursuing the incident.