Brazilian teams Santacruzense and Atletico Soracaba were playing in the Coppa FPF. Away team Soracaba was leading 1-0 win the 89th minute, when sneaky ball boy José Carlos Vieira, decided to take matters into his own hands. Amazingly, linesman Marco Antonio de Andrade Motta Jr, signalled that the goal had been scored by Santacruzense’s number 9, Carvalho Almeida and female referee Silvia Regina de Oliveira (who has a FIFA badge no less), gave the goal.
Unsurprisingly, all hell broke loose as the referee and the linesman were both attacked by irrate home players and fans. Oliveira was suspended immediately by the federation, while the linesman will face disciplinary action once he is released from hospital.
Meanwhile Santacruzense have been fined R$50,000 and suspended form the competition as a result of “unsportsmanlike conduct” of their ballboy. As for the cheeky culprit? “I saw they were not looking and kicked the ball softly into the goal“, he said cheerfully. Rumours are that a number of teams were impressed by his “skills” and that offers will soon come flooding in for his services…..