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Luisão knocks down referee Christian Fischer

Stumbled upon this video of a friendly match between Fortuna Düsseldorf and Benfica via some referees on Facebook. It’s crazy!

So sad that Luisão from the Portuguese team knocks down referee Christian Fischer at the moment he tries to give a second yellow card for a Benfica player at last five mintues of the first half. Or was it a headbutt? In the beginning someone is moving in front of the camera, but if you take a look at the last thirty seconds of the video it really looks like it.

I hope Uefa or Portuguese FA will give him a long ban, eventhough it was a friendly and not an official match. (Does someone know what rules are with those pre-season friendlies?)

I’m very happy my friendlies were much more sportive. Even got a huge bouquet of flowers yesterday because I volunteered at two matches. Good to see that some people appreciate what referees (we!) do.

UPDATE (14 September 2012): Luisão received a ban for two months for his actions against referee Fisher (Reuters).


  • jon

    I would strongly advise you to get informed before publishing unsustained accusations. Try to take some time to check what the referee did one minute before that, and by all means if you have enough free time, try to see what had happened in the match before this happened. Finally, try some honesty and please tell me if you can really see any agression on the video. I can’t. I see some contact, but nothing (by far) that will justify the theatrical move from the so called referee.
    Additionally, if you know, please tell me what is the consequence for a judge that abandons a match, without even justifying it to both teams.
    Final question, was that really a referee ? If it was, i hope not, or the credibility of your class will be greatly reduced.

  • Eric van Marwijk


    bizar zoiets, en dat nog wel bij zulke clubs, te belachelijk voor woorden, maar wat de scheidsrechter doet is ook niet goed, kijk eens goed naar de armen van de scheidsrechter, als een speler op hem afgerend komt in het begin.die duwt gewoon een van de Portugezen, hoort dus ook niet.


    I’m portuguese and i’m very shame with this. I’m afraid nothing will happen to Luisão since his team control Portuguese FA and almost all Portuguese sport newspapers. I think (and I hope) only UEFA can give him a long ban if German FA send the process to Portuguese FA and the Portuguese FA don’t do nothing. As portuguese, I’m very sorry …
    Best regards

  • Jorge Azevedo

    A long ban?! He should keep continue playing and the referee should be banned!
    Hopefully FIFA will force him to quit as a referee!

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