Former Colombian star Carlos Valderrama
, assistant coach of Atletico Junior, was ejected from a game against America of Cali for implying the referee had been bribed by waving cash in front of him after a penalty kick call. After the penalty kick provided a goal that helped end Junior's playoff hopes, Valderrama, a former MLS star, rushed the field, waved a 50,000 peso ($25) bill, and swore at referee Oscar Julian Ruiz
, who later said, "Carlos is my idol, but his behavior really surprised me."
The incident sparked riots that injured 10 fans and resulted in the arrests of at least a dozen more in Junior's stadium in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla.
Valderrama, who captained Colombia at three World Cups, was escorted off the field by a dozen riot police. Junior's fans attacked America's supporters with sticks and other debris.
In postgame interviews, Valderrama called Ruiz a "thief."
Ruiz was a 2006 World Cup ref.