A Brazilian referee is facing disciplinary action after he reacted to a dispute with players by pulling a GUN.
Gabriel Murta was kicked and slapped by players from lower-league Amantes de Bola, while the manager invaded the pitch demanding a red card, it is claimed.
Murta, said to be a policeman by day, reacted by racing to the changing rooms and returning with a firearm.
Ref pulls gun at matchTrouble: Murta is being spoken to by the league association and may face disciplinary action
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.
Amateur side Brumadinho was playing against Amantes da Bola – which literally translates as ‘Lovers Of The Ball.’
Ref pulls gun at matchShocking: Murta claims he was assaulted by players during the fracas
Referees’ association boss Giuliano Bozzano said the official felt threatened and went to look for the weapon to defend himself.
He was due to undergo a psychological assessment later today and could face suspension or a permanent ban.
Footage taken on a mobile phone showed the player thought to have assaulted the ref running off the pitch as he sees the official storming towards him with the weapon in his hand.