A soccer player, William Ribeiro was arrested and booked on an attempted murder charge Monday moments after he unleashed an unprovoked attack on a soccer referee.
It was gathered that he knocked a referee to the ground and kicked him in the neck during a match in Brazil.
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.
Video footage shows the official tumbling to the ground moments later as Ribeiro stomps his neck.
Ribeiro briefly stands over an unconscious Crivellaro as one of the Guarani players leads him away as Military Police agents rush on the field.
Crivellaro was taken to Hospital São Sebastião Mártir where he spent the night under observation and was released Tuesday morning.