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Linesman pulls out a gun to protect himself from fans!

Romanian assistant ref packs heat for his own protection

Linesman packing heat

Just this morning we were praising a Romanian footballer, who won a penalty but refused to take it as he did not feel he had been fouled. Perhaps the player wouldn’t have showed so much insolence, if he knew of the tendency for Romanian officials to carry guns.

In a recent match between Romanian sides Popesti Stefan and Unirea Dragalina, the referee allowed a questionable goal. This angered the home fans, some of whom ran onto the pitch to protest. In a mobile phone video submitted to German website Bild, the assistant referee is hounded, and then seen to pull a gun from under his jersey.

Revealing a deadly weapon was a successful method of calming the crowd down, but it has landed the official in hot water with the police.

Click here to see the video.


2 responses so far
  • Romania // March 31, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    it happaned in 4th or 5th Roamanian League and yes he had a gun because of the fans.it”s crazy to go to 5th leagues as a referee as they have like zero protction from police…..Referees are always beaten by fans.u can’t blame the guy for taking his gun with him,and even with the gun he barley managed to get away from fans

  • Spencer Jackson // November 16, 2009 at 9:41 am

    This is a corker of a story. We have a similar story from our 5-aside league. Our temporary ref was being goaded by around 6-7 lads from the side of the nets. He took the bother for about 5 minutes and then calmly walked over to the lads and threw a mars bar at them. We all fell about laughing and carried on, but things could have been so different had he been armed ;-)))

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