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Ukraine not weak: Fan rushes field, tries to strangle soccer ref (video)

Oct 3, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

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It happened during a Ukrainian League soccer match between Chornomorets Odessa and Metalist Kharkiv on Saturday, where passion (and we’re guessing alcohol) overtook discretion for one fan, who rushed the field and tried to strangle one of the referees.

He was quickly tackled by police and security personnel, and led to the soccer Gulag.

The referee and his assistant went to the technical area to talk to Chernomorets coach Roman Grigorchuk, who was upset by the award of a corner against his side.

The assailant then sprinted onto the pitch and grabbed the linesman round the neck.

Stewards and riot police quickly wrestled the man to the floor, but he continued to struggle violently as he was led off the pitch.

They have replacement refs in European soccer?

  1. aklolzer - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM

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