It is time referees get skills in boxing, judo or karate for self-defence, especially during high stakes matches like those of Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards or Swansea vs Manchester United.
Emotions during such matches tend to be high and some of those sturdy players (or even fans) can misbehave when a yellow or red card is handed as it happened in France last week during a rugby match.
In the French Cup match between Saint-Esteve and Toulouse, referee Benjamin Casty saw a nasty tackle from a Saint player and did as expected.
He sent him off the pitch, but the frustrated player turned on him, angrily punching the referee so hard that he fainted immediately.
And as if that was not bad enough, the player went for Toulouse players punching two of them before their colleagues came to the rescue leading to an all-out brawl.
“Casty laid on the ground unconscious suffering cheekbone and jaw injuries as the teams started to brawl with one another,” reports New York Daily News.
The unidentified player has already been handed four match ban but officials are pushing for a lifetime ban to stem the indiscipline, which seemingly is rising in many sports disciplines both on and off the pitch.