Peruvian manager chokes linesman after disputing offside call

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FBC Melgar manager Franco Navarro is facing serious punishment from the Peruvian football authorities, after he assaulted a linesman and caused last weekend's clash with Universitario to be suspended.

With the top-flight encounter delicately poised at 2-2, Melgar's 82nd minute counter-attack was quickly halted by the assistant's flag, who wrongly adjudged the advancing player to have been offside.

In fact, the forward had timed his run to perfection, and after replays beamed around the stadium, it prompted an angry reaction from the home bench.

The coaches and substitutes protested the decision in unison, but 51-year-old Navarro took things a little too far, when he wrapped his hands around the official's neck, before riot police removed the head coach from the pitch.

With tempers flared, the referee - who tried to intervene the drama on the touchline - felt that he'd lost control of the situation, and after Navarro's dismissal, proceeded to call all the other players from both sides off the field, suspending the game more than five minutes early.

Watch footage of Franco Navarro's assault on the linesman in the video below - with thanks to - and share your favourite football altercations in the comment box provided.


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