By Chris Wright
Ill discipline and wild violence in a South American football match? Surely not!
As unlikely as it may seem, there were some truly terrible scenes during the regional Chilean amateur game between Baquedano and Pablo Lizama, with the game being stopped by the referee after issuing several warnings over a series of pitch-invasions and brutal fouling from both sides.
However, that’s when the ruckus really kicked off – quite literally too. Having wound up the game and postponed the fixture, the Pablo Lizama rounded on the officials, with one player decking the referee with a vicious leaping kick to the ribs (seen at 1:22) before people swarmed around and took pot shots at the poor grounded so-and-so…
The referee was beaten to within an inch of his senses, seen clearly to be barely conscious at the end of the report, while the linesman who was being harassed on the touchline lost most of his teeth after being kicked and punched in the face.
Former Baquenado coach Jorrit Smink, told local media after the game:
“Unfortunately, football has too many players like this. In Holland, an assistant referee was murdered by some young players.
“The surprising thing is that the only people who work at FIFA are mafia types and complete idiots. That works from the top down.”
Tough to argue with that.