A Chechen linesman was caught on tape physically attacking a youth soccer player during a Russian reserve league match between Amkar Perm and Terek on Sunday. The linesman has reportedly been given a lifetime ban for the outburst.
In video uploaded on YouTube, the linesman, identified as Musa Kadyrov, dropped his flag and assaulted Amkar defender Ilya Krichmar after the final whistle had blown. The altercation resulted in a scuffle on the field between opposing players as the linesman who started it all stayed out of the mix.
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“The ref blew the final whistle and I started walking to our bench, when suddenly someone came from behind, pushed me to the ground and began kicking and punching me,” the 18-year-old Amkar player told reporters.
“Terek players then joined the attack. Someone grabbed me by the throat, another hit me… bloodying my face.”
“Thank God, my team mates came to the rescue. Special thanks to Vlasov from Terek. We had known each other from a youth academy in St Petersburg and he helped me escape.”
Kadyrov said Krichmar had insulted him but the player denied the allegation.
“We weren’t happy with the officiating, words had been exchanged but I had never said anything personal about him or his mother,” he said. “I know how sensitive Chechen people are.”
“A former FIFA official in attendance as an assessor said of the short-tempered linesman, “He had no clue about rules, even worse, attacked a player. On a scale of one to 10, I’d give him a zero and I’m writing a special report. He should not be allowed to officiate again.” So between not knowing the rules and attacking a teenager, it sounds like Kadyrov had a pretty great day,” the Yahoo! Sports blog “Dirty Tackle” notes.