In Brazil, a coach punched a female referee in the face

Alisa Barladyan
13 Apr 2022
16:09

A very unpleasant situation took place in Brazilian football. During a match in the Espirito Santo state championship between Nova Veneсia and Desportiva Ferroviária, the coach of the latter hit a female referee in the face. Metaratings.ru recounts the details of the incident.

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Marcielly Netto

What happened in general?

It all started very trivially. Desportiva Ferroviária coach Rafael Soriano ran onto the pitch at half-time to voice his displeasure to the referees.

Coach Rafael Soriano
Coach Rafael Soriano

However, at one point Soriano, unable to contain his emotions, stepped over the line and headbutted side referee Marcielly Netto in the face from close range. The unexpected headshot left the female referee clutching her nose. The head referee of the encounter, Arthur Rabelo, immediately showed the fighting coach the red card and he left the field accompanied by two police officers.

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Following the incident, Marcielly Netto, 29, filed a police report and recorded the beating, while the Espírito Santo sports court provisionally suspended Soriano for 30 days.

Marcielly Netto

The girl asked for harsher punishment for the coach so that such situations "do not become something routine".

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Rafael Soriano is not at all remorseful for his act

Unfortunately, the coach himself has still not felt his guilt for what he has done. So, in a live broadcast on the local TV channel, Educativo do Espirito Santo, Rafael shifted the blame onto Netto. 

If you say I attacked you, we'll go to the police station. We'll see if I assaulted you and if not, I'll sue you. She says I assaulted her. That's a lie. She says that because she is a woman

Rafael Soriano

Marcielly Netto

It should be noted that after the match, Soriano did get what he deserved as Desportiva Ferroviária sacked him as the team's head coach. 

"We stand in solidarity with assistant referee Marcielly Netto and are ready for what is necessary," the club added in an official statement.

Marcielly Netto
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The Espirito Santo state football federation later said it had launched an investigation and would strictly apply the appropriate sanctions. It also said it rejected any acts of violence and would give its full support to the referee.

Marcielly Netto has a long career as a referee

Marcielly Netto is an experienced referee with seven years of experience. And, importantly, a pretty girl. She has 27 thousand followers on her social network account. There Marcielly publishes photos with her close friends and with the man she loves and also shows videos from training sessions. Her main hobbies are yoga classes and traveling to warm countries. 

Marcielly Netto

Alas, in football girls sometimes have to face sexism from men. This applies to female footballers and female referees alike. The case of Rafael Soriano proves this. The main thing is for the sporting community to put a stop to it. 

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