A Brazilian footballer faces an attempted murder charge after hitting a referee on the head and knocking him unconscious.
In a telephone interview with CNN, Vinicius de Lourenco de Assuncao, who is the police chief of Venancio Aires and carried out preventive detention of William Ribeiro, said the footballer was released from prison on Tuesday.
Ribeiro was arrested after attacking referee Rodrigo Crivellaro in the head during a game on Monday in Venancio Aires, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
The match between Sport Club Sao Paulo and Guarani-RS was in the second level of the State of Rio Grande do Sul.
Ribeiro, who played for Sport Club Sao Paulo, attacked Crivellaro early in the second half.
Referee Crivellaro left the stadium unconscious in an ambulance and was taken to hospital. After some examinations and observations, it was released on Tuesday.
“I don’t really remember (what happened). My fellow referees told me I gave him a yellow card. He hit me in the face, I fell to the ground, I received kicks and I passed out, ”Crivellaro told a local. radio station.
“This player needs treatment because he is totally out of control. He deserves to be arrested for a long time.”
Rio Grande do Sul state issued a statement on Monday saying it had opened an investigation into the incident, while Sport Club Sao Paulo said it was “deeply ashamed” of the assault and that the Ribeiro’s contract had been terminated.
“The contract of the attacking athlete is summarily terminated. In addition, all possible and legal measures in relation to the fact will be taken,” the team wrote in an official note.
No lawyer has appeared to defend Ribeiro, according to Assuncao, and the case is now with the state’s public defender.
Ribeiro has yet to comment publicly on his social media or in Brazilian media.
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