BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – Did you hear the joke about a guy who went to a fight in Brazil and a soccer match broke out?
It may be an old joke, but it’s no joke in Brazil where they take their soccer, or football as they call it, seriously.
A Brazilian ref wasn’t taking any chances. He pulled out a gun during a local match, claiming players on one team were kicking and slapping him. When the manager started arguing with him, the ref went to his locker and came back with a gun.
He’s a local cop, by the way.
Luckily, no one got shot, but he will get a mental evaluation before he goes back on the job. Let’s hope this isn’t a trend for football refs in this country.
It’s been a dangerous season so far, starting with an attack by two San Antonio, TX, high schoolers. Their assistant coach was canned after admitting he ordered the hit, claiming the ref had been making racial comments.
A high school football player in Tennessee won't be disciplined after another apparent hit on a ref. In an odd twist, the district suspended the ref suspended for not providing proper information for a background check.
And in Oklahoma, it was “Friday night lights out” when a line-drive kick hit the ref smack-dab in the middle of his forehead, which sent the ball up and over the crossbar.
That’s what we like to call keeping your head in the game.