Buenos Aires Weather | Argentinian referee demands ‘justice’ for on-field attack

Argentine soccer referee Dalma Cortadi appealed for justice on Monday after she was hit from behind by a male player who disagreed with her decision on the pitch during a regional league match.

Argentine soccer referee Dalma Cortadi appealed for justice on Monday after she was hit from behind by a male player who disagreed with her decision on the pitch during a regional league game.

Cortadi, 30, has brought criminal charges against her attacker, Cristian Tirone, 34, who was arrested on the pitch after knocking the referee down after she gave him a yellow card for a foul.

Cortadi was taken to hospital and spent several hours under observation after the attack, which was caught on video.

The footage shows Tirone seemingly aiming his fist at the back of Cortadi’s head, missing and connecting with his neck. She falls to the ground, but immediately gets back up as Tirone is pulled by others on the ground.

“I fell and I don’t remember anything else. When I got up I was dizzy and nauseous. Nothing like this has ever happened to me,” she told the sports daily. Oh.

Cortadi was refereeing a Tres Arroyos regional league third tier match between Independencia and Garmense, which was suspended after the attack.

She told Ole her gender was irrelevant.

“We want justice done and for this man to pay for what he did. That’s what’s important,” she said.

The league denounced the attack and Garmense suspended Tirone for life.

– TIMES/AFP

Elna M. Lemons