Footballer Arrested for Punching Female Referee to the Floor After She Gave Him A Red Card (video)
An Argentine footballer was arrested after punching a female referee to the ground after she ejected him for insulting her.
Cristian Tirone was filmed running towards Dalma Cortadi and punching her in the head as she scribbled his name in her notepad after she red-carded him.
Dalma, who admitted to being ‘a little dazed’ after the attack, had previously red-carded the third-tier footballer for verbally abusing her after she showed him the card for kicking the ball away.
The stunned referee rose to her feet moments later as a male linesman pushed Tirone away, prompting police to rush onto the pitch and arrest him after a struggle.
She was taken to the hospital but released after a check-up. The game was called off.
Later, the female referee refused to make it a gender and misogyny issue, saying it didn’t matter if she was a man or a woman.
She said after the attack: ‘I’m a little dazed after what happened but otherwise okay and I’m receiving the support of colleagues and family.
Doctors have ordered me to rest.
‘The blow was to my neck, with a closed fist, and I hurt my elbow when I hit the ground.
‘I had red-carded Tirone because he insulted me and that’s when he attacked me.
‘I wasn’t expecting it because I was writing his name down when I felt the blow. I fell to the ground and can’t remember anything else after that.
The ref, who confirmed she was pressing charges, added: ‘I’m still coming to terms with what happened. All I want is justice to be done.
‘Gender and whether this was done to a man or a woman doesn’t matter here.
‘What matters is that there is not this level of aggression in football or anywhere else.
People like this man have no place in football. I came out of this okay but it could have been a lot worse.’
Regional football chiefs were due to meet today to decide how to punish Tirone, with a life ban being mooted as the most likely possibility.
Eduardo Aparicio, head of the Agency for the Prevention of Violence in Sport, said he had spoken to the referee and assured her ‘the full weight of the law’ would fall on Tirone.
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