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Coach chokes ref, linesman hit by a stone, but show goes on

World of Sport

On Saturday, Internacional played São Defende in the final of the Copa Sul dos Campeões, an amateur competition held in the city of Criciúma.

After Internacional took the lead, things turned controversial when a São player was given a red card for apparently punching an opponent. In his wisdom, referee Edésio Weber also decided to send off the Inter player who had been punched to the ground, sparking an outraged reaction from his teammates. This climaxed when the Internacional coach took to the field to choke the bewildered ref, in the fashion of Homer Simpson administering punishment to his son...

The match somehow continued, as did unnecessary abuse of the officials: a linesman was struck with a stone by a fan, and was unhelpfully sprayed with drink as he lay on the ground.

Despite all this, local police received no complaints of violence at the game.

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