Soccer is a very passionate sport and, as many viral videos of days gone by have demonstrated, that passion can sometimes cross the line into violence. Case in point: at a recent Copa Santa Fe match between Argentinian clubs Ocampo Fábrica and Huracán, the line was crossed viciously and with great force. After Huracán’s legendary goalscorer, Carlos Alberto Godoy, was shown a red card following the final whistle due to an insult, he decided that the traditional “arguing against a decision” tactic wasn’t enough, choosing instead to throw a punch combo at Alexis Meza, the match’s referee.
The problem for Godoy was that Meza was not about to get hit without throwing back some hands of his own. Godoy obviously wasn’t aware of who he was dealing with because, after dodging and weaving the Huracán striker’s punches with a boxer’s finesse, the ref fired back with a few of his own, even landing a clean right hook on Godoy’s chin, who retaliated by attempting to land one last sucker punch before the two were separated.
The match had already concluded at the time of the melee, ending in a 2-2 draw. All the parties involved have already received sanctions from the Federación Santafesina, although perhaps the referee should have gotten off scot-free, based on his wicked right hook and the fact that he was just defending himself from Godoy’s attack.