Update: Brazilian football player, William Ribeiro faces attempted murder charge for attacking a referee on the pitch

Update: Brazilian football player, William Ribeiro faces attempted murder charge for attacking a referee on the pitch



A Braziliian footballer who knocked a referee to the ground and kicked him in the neck during a match in Brazil, is now facing an attempted murder charge.



William Ribeiro was arrested after he deliberately beat Rodrigo Crivellaro 14 minutes into the second half of Monday night's Campeonato Gaúcho Série A2 league game between Ribeiro's São Paulo team and Guarani at Edmundo Felix Stadium in Rio Grande do Sul.



The attack took place after Crivellaro had awarded Guarani a free-kick. The official was seen tumbling to the ground as the footballer launched an attack at the helpless ref, before kicking his head.



Crivellaro was taken to Hospital São Sebastião Mártir where he spent the night under observation and was released Tuesday morning October 5.


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