When Your Referee Pulls Out A Gun In The Middle Of A Football Match...

That escalated very quickly.

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A Brazilian football referee is currently facing disciplinary action for pulling out a gun in the middle of a match

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While officiating an amateur match between Brumadinho and Amantes da Bola, referee Gabriel Murta brandished his piece after being kicked and punch by an Amantes da Bola player. The incident was captured on video by a spectator.

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Shocking footage captured by a spectator showed his linesman restraining Murta as he held the gun in his hand on the pitch. The incident happened at the weekend during a regional league match in Brumadinho near Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s sixth largest city and the capital of the state of Minais Gerais.

In an attempt to calm him down, the distraught official was pulled to the sidelines by his colleague

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Murta, who's a policeman by day (which explains his instinct), rushed back to the locker room to pick up his gun when he felt threatened

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Referees’ association boss Giuliano Bozzano said the official felt threatened and went to look for the weapon to defend himself.

Thankfully, the gun was not fired and nobody got hurt. But Murta will be facing psychological assessment to determine if he's fit to return.

Depending on the outcome of his evaluation, Murta faces the possibility of being permanently banned for his actions. There have been no reports on whether/if the incident also affected Murta’s position as an officer.

Watch the full video here:

Looks like ref is all about that thug life...

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