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Soccer star Luisão knocks out referee during friendly, game called (video)

Earlier today, a soccer friendly in Germany got a little less friendly when one of the players shoved the referee to the ground and caused the match to be abandoned before the first half had been completed.

The match was between Benfica and Fortuna Duesseldorf and the incident occurred in the 39th minute of play:

Television footage showed Benfica captain Luisão protesting referee Christian Fischer’s decision to eject teammate Javi Garcia. Brazilian international Luisão then appeared to shove Fischer, who lay on the ground for several seconds before getting up and walking off the pitch.

As you would figure, video of the incident has already hit the Internet and Luisão’s shove can be seen in the below clip:

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German friendly abandoned after referee fouled [NBC Sports]