A Brazilian footballer, William Ribeiro, who plies his trade with Sao Paulo RS has been arrested for launching a bizarre attack on a referee during a match on Monday.
Ribeiro kicked referee, Rodrigo Crivellaro, in the neck after he awarded a free-kick against him, leaving the latter unconscious and needing emergency medical attention.
While the on-pitch medics swept in to save Crivellaro, police forces arrested Ribeiro.
He is now facing an attempted murder charge after the intentional kick which could have resulted in claiming Crivellaro's life.
As a result of the vicious act, Sao Paulo RS have terminated Ribeiro's contract, according to the club president Delvid Goulart.
"Unfortunate, regrettable and above all revolting," Goulart said over the incident.
He added, "On the exact day when all the red-green family gathered to celebrate the 113th anniversary of Sao Paulo RS, our club faced one of the saddest episodes of its history, a fateful scene that shocked all people who love not only Gaucho football but all those who just love the sport in general.
"Rest assured, we are sorry and deeply ashamed. We send all the apologies in the world to the injured referee and his family as well as apologising to the public in general for the lamentable scene seen today.
"The contract of the offending player is terminated. Furthermore, all possible legal measures in relation to the incident will be taken."
Meanwhile, UK Metro reports that Crivellaro was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.