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A Brazilian footballer was charged with attempted murder after kicking the referee




In a telephone interview with CNN, Vinicius de Lourenco de Assuncao, who is the police chief of Venancio Aires and made the pre-trial detention of William Ribeiro, said the footballer had been released from prison on Tuesday.

Ribeiro was arrested after attacking referee Rodrigo Crivellaro in the head during a match on Monday in Venancio Aires, in the south of the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

The match between Sport Club Sao Paulo and Guarani-RS took place at the second level of the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Ribeiro, who played for Sport Club Sao Paulo, attacked Crivellaro early in the second half.

Referee Crivellaro knocked the stadium unconscious in an ambulance and was taken to hospital. After some examinations and observations, he was discharged on Tuesday.

“I don’t really remember (what happened). My fellow referees told me I gave him a yellow card. He punched me in the face, I fell to the ground, they kicked me and I I fainted, “Crivellaro told a local radio station.

“This player needs treatment because he is completely out of control. He deserves to be arrested for a long time.”

The state of Rio Grande do Sul issued a statement on Monday stating that it had opened an investigation into the incident, while Sport Club Sao Paulo said it was “deeply ashamed” of the aggression and that the contract Ribeiro had finished.

“The contract of the aggressor athlete is terminated briefly. In addition, all legal and possible measures related to the fact will be taken,” the team wrote in an official note.

According to Assuncao, no lawyer appeared to defend Ribeiro, and the case is now of the state public defender.

Ribeiro has not yet made public comments on his social media or Brazilian media.