Argentina Player Cristian Tirone was arrested on the field for attacking a female referee during a game
On Sunday, a male Argentine soccer player struck a female referee violently. The game was ultimately called off after Cristian Tirone of Club Deportivo Garmense in Aregentina was detained on the field. Tirone vehemently disagreed with the call, which was made by the female officer. Tirone was disputing with the official when his teammates tried to pull him away, but Tirone was then given a yellow card.
At that point, Tirone separated himself from his colleagues and punched the referee in the head, knocking her to the ground. The assistance referees quickly yanked Tirone away from the official. The police then entered the field and took Tirone into custody. The official, Dalma Cortadi, claimed to have been compelled to visit the hospital, as reported by Olé News through La Nacion. As a result of the assault, Cortadi was put in the hospital for observation and sustained scrapes and bruises on her arms.
“This situation harms me at work since it makes me unable to work,” Cortadi told Olé News. “Now I must be strong. The blows left me sore … You have to kick him out forever. He should never be in any club. He is a violent person. He must also be in his daily life. I saw it in the video: a normal person does not do what this man did. No person deserves this. We don’t go to the [matches] to be beaten. I hope he pays for what he did.”
The match was promptly called off once Tirone was taken into custody. In response to the vicious assault, Club Deportivo Garmense also released a statement.
“Given the events that occurred this Sunday during the Third Division football match that was played in the city of Adolfo Gonzales Chaves between Garmense and Independencia, during which a player from Garmense physically attacked the woman who officiated as a referee, the Club expresses its energetic repudiation of this action that is at odds with the spirit that is intended to instill with the practice of this sport,” the club said.