Referees and linesmen are frequently verbally and sometimes even physically abused by players but in this instance quite the opposite occurred when a linesman lost it and charged onto the field to physically assault a player.
During the Russian league reserve game in Grozny between Amkar Perm and Terek, Chechen linesman Musa Kadyrov lost his cool after defender Ilya Krichmar allegedly insulted him.
The referee had already blown the whistle when a startled Krichmar was attacked from behind.
"The ref blew the final whistle and I started walking to our bench, when suddenly someone came from behind, pushed me to the ground and began kicking and punching me," the 18-year-old Amkar player told reporters.
"Terek players then joined the attack. Someone grabbed me by the throat, another hit me, bloodying my face.
"Thank God, my teammates came to the rescue. Special thanks to Vlasov from Terek. We had known each other from a youth academy in St Petersburg and he helped me escape."
Krichmar denied allegations that he had insulted the linesman and thereby provoked the attack.
"We weren't happy with the officiating, words had been exchanged but I had never said anything personal about him or his mother," he said.
"I know how sensitive Chechen people are."
Alexei Spirin, a former FIFA official was just as shocked by the incident. He was attending the match as an assessor of the officiating.
"In all my refereeing career I have never seen anything like it. This guy (Kadyrov) should not be a referee," Spirin said.
"He had no clue about rules, even worse, attacked a player. On a scale of one to 10, I'd give him a zero and I'm writing a special report. He should not be allowed to officiate again."
Krichmar said he would decline an invite to the Russian Cup final should he be invited by Chechen officials.
"No, I would not go. I could still feel some hatred there after the (Chechen) war, although we had no problem with security in Grozny," Krichmar said.
The incident follows several violent incidents in Russian football and begs for more security on or near the pitch to ensure the safety of official and players.
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