Nov 28, 2012, 11:03 AM EST
In the NFL, you kick an opponent in the groin and don’t even get suspended for it. In Argentine soccer, you kick a ref in the head, and that’s a six-year ban. It happened during a Torneo 6 Ligas cup match between Club Jorge Newbery and Huracan de Arribeños (I’ll bet you have those teams’ pennants on your wall right now), when tempers flared and a ref got in the middle of a scuffle.
That’s when Huracan star Leandro Schiavi, younger brother of Boca Juniors and Argentina star Rolando Schiavi, decided it would be a good idea to kick the ref in the head. Not only that, but as you can see in the video, he also took a punch at him. Schiavi’s punishment was a six-year ban, which I believe is signified in soccer by a dump truck arriving at your house and delivering about 27,000 red cards in your driveway.
Schiavi and his Huracan teammates, trailing 2-0 at the time and on their way out of the tournament, were incensed at what they thought was a soft sending off: surrounding and jostling Fuenes. That progressed to pushing, shoving and wrestling of the match official.
And as the man in black fell to his knees, Schiavi saw his chance to put his name into the history books for perhaps the worst attack on a referee ever seen: he kicked out straight into the ref’s face in a shocking attack.
Yahoo Sport reports that Schiavi’s teammates Walter Gil and Andrés Alonso also earned six-year bans, while Lucas Rosales earned a two-year ban.
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