Riot police play a blinder as red-hot clash grinds to halt
THE next time a player refuses to leave the pitch after being shown the red card, he would do well to consider what happened at a lower league match in Brazil this week.
The Rondionese League clash between Genus and Moto Clube took a turn for the worse when Genus player Robson was given his marching orders by the referee in the 64th minute for a nasty foul.
Robson's team-mates immediately surrounded the referee to protest at the decision, but the official was having none of it and invited the riot police to enter the fray.
When Robson refused to leave the pitch, the police did what they are trained to do and pepper-sprayed him.
Chaos ensued, as the baton-wielding police targeted other players with more pepper spray and ushered them off the field of play before the match was inevitably abandoned.
The matter didn't end there, of course, and Robson, six of his team-mates and the coach have all resigned in protest at their treatment. The game is due to be replayed at a later date.
We'll leave the final thought on the matter to the vice-governor of Rondonia, Joao Cahula, who came out with an absolute gem when he said: "I will talk to the police chief to take all measures necessary. If the policemen overreacted, they will be punished for that."