Chile linesman 'does a Rivaldo' as player sent off in controversial incident

The incident echoed Rivaldo at the 2002 World Cup

James Orr
Thursday 03 December 2015 14:40 GMT
The linesman Carlos Echeverria holds his leg after the incident
The linesman Carlos Echeverria holds his leg after the incident

Usually it is a player deceiving an official, not the other way round.

Over in Chile, during a game between Huachipato and Palestino on Monday, a challenge involving one Huachipato player saw the ball hit the linesman Carlos Echeverria’s thigh. Echeverria then threatrically dropped to floor in the same fashion as Brazil star Rivaldo during the 2002 World Cup.

The player, Angelo Zagal was then dismissed by the referee Claudio Puga, with his Huachipato team-mates surrounding the linesman in protest.

Pablo Pozo, the chairman of the referee’s committee in Chile has sicne said that they were looking into the incident (watch below).

"We have analyzed the whole issue, we talked to the referee, in this case Claudio Puga, and will talk to Carlos Echeverria, and we obviously will take some resolution after having all the facts," Pozo said.

"Obviously overreaction is not something we like, it’s not something that we agree with, and that is a good topic that we are discussing and reviewing internally," he said.

The match ended 0-0.

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