William Ribeiro of Sao Paulo de Rio Grande reacted angrily after referee Rodrigo Crivellaro failed to award his team a free kick in a game against Guarani de Venancio Aires. He kicked Crivellaro twice, the second time while he was on the ground, rendering the referee unconscious. Crivellaro was taken to a nearby hospital, while Ribeiro was detained at the stadium.
Vinicius Assuncao, chief of the Venancio Aires Civil Police, told the Brazilian news outlet UOL that he was charging Ribeiro with attempted murder because it appeared he intended to kill Crivellaro. According to UOL, Ribeiro has been released on bail after previously assaulting another referee and a supporter.
Crivellaro was released from the hospital on Tuesday morning and stated that he has yet to view footage of the incident, which occurred on the 113th anniversary of Sao Paulo de Rio Grande. Delvid Goulart, the president of Sao Paulo FC, confirmed Ribeiro's contract had been terminated.
Goulart issued the following statement: "Unfortunate, regrettable, and, above all, revolting."
"On the very day that all the red-green family gathered to celebrate Sao Paulo RS's 113th anniversary, our club faced one of the saddest episodes in its history, a fateful scene that shocked all those who love not only Gaucho football, but all those who love the sport in general. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the injured referee and his family, as well as to the general public, for the tragic scene witnessed today. The offending player's contract is terminatd. Furthermore all legal actions related to the incident will be taken".
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