Referee pulls out handgun during amateur football match in Brazil

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Who would want to be a referee? Arguably the most unrewarding job in all of football.

Mike Dean has come in for serious criticism from all corners following his performance during Chelsea's 2-0 win against Arsenal.

But he is not the first and, as sure as eggs is eggs, he will not be the last. But sometimes it just proves too much for the man in the middle to handle. 


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Take this example from Brazilian amateur football; a far cry from the flashing lights of the Premier League, but arguably even more difficult for the man in black to control.

Gabriel Murta was officiating a game between Brumadinho and Amantes da Bola when a player from Amantes began assaulting him - throwing kicks and punches.

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What Murta, who works as a police officer, did next was absolutely astonishing - you can see the footage by scrolling down the page. 

Evidently aggrieved by his treatment, he pulled out a handgun and began to pursue the player in question who, understandably, was running for his life.

Fortunately for everyone involved, his assistant was able to talk him out of using the weapon and the situation was diffused. 

Murta is now set for a psychological assessment and faces losing his ability to officiate football matches. But would he really want to return to refereeing after being assaulted by a player?

Being a Premier League referee is not an easy job but having seen this footage it would seem Mike Dean, Martin Atkinson and co. have it quite easy.

You'd hardly see Diego Costa assaulting an official or Mark Clattenburg wielding a handgun. Although, it would certainly bring another element to the Premier League.

Are there any other incredibly surreal refereeing moments that you can think of? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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