Romanian assistant ref packs heat for his own protection
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.