18-year-old referee sucker punched for calling a penalty

A particularly vicious Dirty Tackle of the Day

When a referee awards a penalty, there’s little that can be done to change their mind. One thing that definitely won’t work: running up and punching them in the face. In fact, this is guaranteed to make the situation infinitely worse. And yet, that’s what one player in a Spanish regional league match did.

Making the situation even more sickening is the fact that the referee who was assaulted is just 18 years old, according to Cadena Ser.

This is the type of act that deserves a lifetime ban and criminal charges. It remains unclear if that will happen in this case, but at the very least it serves another example of why I’d carry a taser if I was a ref.

This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.