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VIDEO: Brazilian player receives hefty ban after crazy shove on referee

Aug 18, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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On Monday a sports tribunal in Brazil has dished out a six month suspension to Corinthians midfielder Petros for shoving a referee from behind.

In the astonishing footage above, watch as Petros runs up to and shoves referee Raphael Claus from behind during his teams 1-0 win over Santos on Aug. 10.

Corinthians are set to appeal the ban but even though it wasn’t known at the time, in video replays of the incident you can clearly see Petros making a run for Claus and hitting him from behind with his outstretched arm. Petros has since claimed that it was unintentional but it said he charged into the referee after being unhappy that the official blocked his teammate during the match.

What makes it even worse is that Petros is a key contributor to the Sao Paulo based club who are currently third in the Brazilian league, five points behind leaders Cruzeiro. Petros is on loan from Penapolense and has scored once in 18 appearances for Corinthians this season.

Take a look at the video above of the incident. Does Petros deserve a six-month ban for that? 

  1. nextmanup81 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Looks like he just broke his run in the same direction as the ball and ran into the back of the referee. Without seeing where his eyes were looking its tough to determine intent. How did he get 6 months for this and Suarez only got 4 for biting? Hmmm…

    • lordfletcher - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      I hope that first part was sarcasm because the fool did everything intentionally

      As for part two. Suarez butting someone not 1, not 2 but 3 times only gets 4 months (with certain benefits) is a flat out laughable penalty compared to this. I would have banned this dippy one month and Suarez one year…also a final warning. One more F up and you’re done.

    • danielk1 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Third time biting- even worse!

  2. mazblast - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    He absolutely deserves the ban. He altered his course and hit him with an extended elbow, from behind no less.

    If I was the referee, I’d make sure this little chickensh** serves his whole six months, then hire some goons to break his legs so he misses another six months.

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