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Soccer Player Kicked Out of Match for Farting

Ref calls it 'deliberate provocation'; player says he simply had a 'bad stomach'

(Newser) - In what local media described as "bizarre circumstances," a Swedish soccer player ended up being ousted from a match Friday for the "unsportsmanlike behavior" of breaking wind, the Guardian reports. Adam Lindin Ljungkvist, a 25-year-old player for Pershagens SK, tells a Swedish media outlet he had a... More »

Soccer Ref Dies After Punch From Player

Ricardo Portillo had slipped into a coma after Utah teen hit him

(Newser) - A 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma has died, police said. Ricardo Portillo of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following the assault last weekend, a police spokesman said last... More »

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Malaysian ref finds gunfire effective way to settle soccer players

(Newser) - Faced with an angry mob after he red-carded a soccer player, a Malaysian ref finally found an effective means of crowd control: He whipped out his gun,and fired a few rounds in the air. The part-time ref is also a cop, which might explain why he had a gun... More »

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