- Footballer Marco Gonclaves was banned for life after he kneed a referee in the face
- The Canelas 2010 attacker was shown a red card after he made a bad challenge on a defender
- The footballer claims he does not remember attacking the injured referee
A footballer was banned for life from a club after he kneed a referee in the face during a tense match.
Canelas 2010 forward Marco Goncalves was shown a red card by a referee after a made an ill timed challenge on a defender which forced him to react violently.
The attacker claims he does not remember doing it attacking the referee
The attack sparked chaos on the field, with the police coming on to the pitch to calm the tension, ending with the game being abandoned and the players being escorted off.
The game was held in the third tier of Portugal's district league. The game was just two minutes old when Goncalves attacked the referee
"I don't remember hitting him," he told SIC. "He was pushing me.
"You are telling me it was a knee... maybe it was. If that's the case, I really want to apologise to the referee, his family and Rio Tinto.
"He [the opposition player] said to me: 'You son of a b****, death to your mother!' And I asked: 'Huh?' I put my arm on him and he threw himself to the floor like a baby, crying.
"The referee ran towards me out of nowhere and he pulls out the red card. I did not attack him, I did what I said. I was being insulted."
Canelas 2010 have reacted swiftly, revealing, via a statement on their official Facebook page, that Goncalves will never wear the jersey for the club again and that they support referee Jose Rodrigues.