Brazilian Soccer Player Kicks Opponent In Face, Stays In Game (Video)

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April 13, 2015

How Jonas stayed on the field after delivering this kick to Gilberto’s head boggles the mind.

The Flamengo midfielder booted the Vasco striker in the head Sunday during a Campeonato Carioca (Rio de Janiero state championship) game between the longtime rivals at the Maracan. Referee Joao Batista de Arruda only punished Jonas with a yellow card for his dangerous challenge on an opposing player.

The game ended in a goal-less draw, and Batista de Arruda was widely criticized afterward. He gave out 10 yellow cards in the ill-tempered game and made other controversial decisions that prompted Flamengo defender Wallace to call the contest “a farce,” according to ESPN.

Thumbnail photo via YouTube

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