What is the most violent sport in the Olympics?
Boxing? Judo? Fencing?
No, it seems as though it’s water polo.
Just days after the clash between Hungary and Australia ended in an almighty brawl, a Brazilian athlete repeatedly punched her opponent in the head. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
Gabriela Mantellato Dias was spotted by the referees laying into her Italian opponent during their match at the Maria Lenk Olympic Stadium. She was deservedly sent off from the women's game, which the hosts lost 9-3.
Roberta Bianconi was just coming up to the surface when Dias punched her at least twice in the head and the commentators on Brazilian TV channel, Globo TV, couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
“This is madness. What on earth is going on?”
They added: “This is not a boxing match. Even in boxing you're not allowed to hit the opponent in the head.”
The Brazilian side were actually making their water polo debut in the Olympics and they certainly haven’t started well.
The Brazilian Olympic committee are yet to comment on the ugly incident.
As previously mentioned, the men’s match between Hungary and Australia also saw some unsavoury scenes.
Tensions boiled over after Australia scored a dramatic equaliser with 26 seconds left on the clock. The match finished 9-9 and then all hell broke loose. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
Although it’s hard to tell whether anyone was hurt in the altercation because of all the splashing, it’s clear that things became very heated. Too heated.
Fortunately, before the situation escalated any further, a couple of members of the Australia and Hungary teams acted as peacemakers and the fighting swiftly stopped.
With medals to play for, perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising to see tempers flaring during events.