[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 ...