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Referee sends off player then runs for safety in Lebanon
by Samuel Charles, March 14th, 2013 11:38PM

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[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] A referee sprinting around the field to avoid assault in Lebanon is just another example that the world’s most popular game has an infinite number of players, coaches or fans willing to give soccer a black eye with their boorish behavior.

This game took place in the Lebanese second division last week.

The referee sends off a player who is immediately looking to assault him. The ref is then chased by what appears to be members of the player’s bench, and then assaulted by the initial player once more before finally making it off the field with security. The referee’s elusiveness is noteworthy, however, the most striking thing about this clip may be the amount of security you’ll see, and how little you’ll see them doing to intervene.

Most referees realize they’re performing a thankless task, but it shouldn’t be too much to ask that we protect them while they’re doing it ...



5 comments
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: March 15, 2013 at 2:33 a.m.
    Stay classy, Lebanon.
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: March 15, 2013 at 8:54 a.m.
    R2 Dad, these thing happen all over the world, even in Europe and North America
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: March 15, 2013 at 10:03 p.m.
    So, you think that's normal and OK? I don't. FIFA doesn't. Civilized society does not, either.
  1. Cesar Sastre
    commented on: March 16, 2013 at 7:33 a.m.
    Don't think anyone is saying this normal or acceptable, but it happens, even in civilized societies, in nice little suburbs of America, especially with soccer moms and dads who are clueless about the game and lose it when their spoiled brat gets kicked off the field for trying to hurt someone. Seen this happen here a couple of times...
  1. Cesar Sastre
    commented on: March 16, 2013 at 7:37 a.m.
    P.S. what I haven't seen is armed military standing around smoking a cigarette watching a ref run for his life. Pray we never need armed security at our games and that the field marshals with their little orange vests will suffice.

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