Brazilian Soccer Player Charged With Attempted Murder After Attacking Referee

A Brazilian soccer player has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after he allegedly kicked a referee in the head during a match on Monday at Edmundo Felix Stadium in Rio Grande do Sul.

William Ribeiro, 30, is a mid-field player for Esporte Clube Avenida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil was arrested at the stadium, and later charged with the attempted murder of the match referee, Rodrigo Crivellaro.

The unprovoked attack happened about 15 minutes into the second half of the match,  just moments after Crivellaro had awarded a free-kick to the opposing team.

Video of the attack shows Ribeiro tackling and then kicking Crivellaro in the head twice, leaving the referee helpless and unconscious. 

Crivellaro was taken from the stadium to the hospital by ambulance, still unconscious. Crivellaro was later discharged from the hospital after undergoing tests and observation.

Under Brazilian law. Ribeiro faces up to 20 years imprisonment, if convicted.

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