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Things got real in the field at a soccer game recently…

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.

The Minas Gerais Football Federation has already summonsed the referee and a psychologist to a meeting, and I’m going to talk with him today.

On the basis of that conversation and his account of events and the results of the psychological assessment, I’ll decide what if any measures to take.

What’s happened is obviously not a common occurrence, and I don’t want to rush into anything.

At the moment it happened, he’s opted for getting his gun because in his view it was a question of controlling a situation.