Video: Youth tournament referee runs for his life
The Portuguese blood sport of referee hunting
This footage comes from international youth tournament the Gothia Cup, which is currently taking place in Denmark.
Jonsereds IF convert the winning penalty in a shootout against an unnamed Portuguese team and begin their joyous celebrations. We don’t know what had gone on earlier in the match but it is safe to say that the defeated team were not best pleased with the referee.
Spotting a herd of angry Portuguese youngsters stampeding towards him from the halfway line, the ref decides he had better make a run for it. The terrified match official sprints directly past the amateur cameraman, swiftly followed by the furious mini-Ronaldos.
The video cuts off before we find out whether they caught him and, if so, what they did to him, but he appears to be making a pre-emptive dash to the first aid tent!