A footballer has been banned for lie after launching a savage attack on a referee who booked him for striking an opposing player.
Marco Goncalves, a forward for the Portuguese team Canelas 2010, received the ban for kneeing the referee, Jose Rodrigues who booked him, in the face, an attack he claims he does not remember.
Goncalves had been booked after he struck a defender whose challenge knocked him to the ground but it was only after the ref gave him a card that he flipped forcing police onto the pitch to stop his attack.
The game was abandoned just two minutes into the match and the players were escorted off the pitch by police.
Goncalves spoke to reporters after the incident:
I don’t remember hitting him, he was pushing me. You are telling me it was a knee… maybe it was. If that’s the case, I really want to apologise to the referee, his family and Rio Tinto.
He [the opposition player] said to me: ‘You son of a bitch, death to your mother!’ And I asked: ‘Huh?’ I put my arm on him and he threw himself to the floor like a baby, crying.
The referee ran towards me out of nowhere and he pulls out the red card. I did not attack him, I did what I said. I was being insulted.”
Canelas 2010 have made an official statement on their official Facebook page saying that Goncalves will never play for the club again and that they support referee.