There were disgraceful scenes at the end of the match between Brazilian sides Desportivo Ferroviaria and Nova Venecia on Sunday afternoon.
Desportivo Ferroviaria manager Rafael Soriano stormed onto the pitch to contest a decision after the half-time whistle was blown.
Soriano was extremely animated and his protests earned him a yellow card.
Lineswoman Marcielly Netto got involved and tried to defuse the tension.
But Soriano reacted badly to Netto’s intervention and responded by headbutting her.
Netto clutched her nose but managed to stay on her feet. Soriano was immediately shown a red card.
It was a truly shocking moment and you can view it below…
New low in football: Brazilian manager Rafael Soriano of 5th tier Brazilian club Desportivo Ferroviaria, headbutting a lineswoman pic.twitter.com/TPdXMCq6Qo— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) April 11, 2022
Soriano has now been sacked by the club. A club statement read, per the Daily Star: “Desportiva Ferroviária goes public to inform that it repudiates any type of violence, whether physical, verbal, moral or emotional, especially against women, and we sympathize with the arbitration assistant Marcielly Netto, making us available for whatever is necessary.
“We also inform you that, in the face of what happened, coach Rafael Soriano was disconnected from the club.”
Desportivo Ferroviaria have also claimed they have reached out to Netto to offer her support but she has not yet responded.
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“We inform that Desportiva Ferroviária tried to contact the referee Marcielly Netto by telephone to apologize, offer help, support and make itself available, but it was not answered,” a statement read.
“We understand the moment, respect the victim’s space and will be waiting for the return. We reiterate our commitment to assist in whatever it takes. The club will also offer professional psychological assistance and develop actions to combat any type of violence against women inside and outside the stadiums.”
Nova Venecia went on to win the game 3-1 to advance to the Campeonato Capixaba semi-finals.
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