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Posted: September 29, 2015

Referee pulls out gun during Brazilian soccer match

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A soccer referee is facing punishment after he pulled out a gun on the field in reaction to an argument during the game.

Gabriel Murta was kicked and slapped by players during a regional league match. At the same time, the manager of one of the teams demanded a red card, The Mirror reported.

That’s when Murta went to the locker rooms, and returned to the field with a gun, The Mirror reported.

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Murta is reportedly a policeman when he's not a referee.

A spectator recorded the confrontation as a linesman restrained Murta.

The group that oversees referees said Murta felt threatened and retrieved the gun to defend himself, The Mirror reported.

Murta was to undergo a psychological assessment and could be suspended or banned from refereeing.

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