A Brazilian soccer player is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly kicking a referee in the head during a game.
William Ribeiro, 29, is seen on shocking video kicking referee Rodrigo Crivellaro twice after losing his cool during a match Monday between Ribeiro’s Sao Paulo Rio Grande do Sul and rival home team Guarani de Venancio Aires.
Crivellaro was knocked unconscious.
“I don’t really remember,” Crivellaro, who was treated and released from a local hospital the following day, told a local station, CNN said.
“My referee colleagues told me that I gave him a yellow card,” he said. “He punched me in the face. I fell to the ground, got kicked, and passed out. This player needs treatment because he is