Brazilian referee pulls out handgun during soccer match

PictureA Brazilian referee is undergoing psychological evaluation after pulling out a gun while officiating a soccer match in the city of Brumadinho last weekend. Gabriel Murta, the referee who is being questioned, pulled a handgun out after players from the Amantes de Bola team allegedly slapped and kicked him for not issuing a red card to the opposing team.

Murta reportedly went to the locker room to retrieve the weapon, returning it to the field and waving it around. Giuliano Bozzano of the Referees’ Association says Murta felt “threatened,” and used the gun in self defense.

Murta, who also serves as a police officer, potentially faces a lifetime ban from the league and will undergo psychological evaluation on Tuesday for the shocking incident.

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