Watch: Referee fakes to be head-butted by Luis Fabiano before showing him red

In an incredible incident in Brazil during the match between Vasco and Flamengo, the referee sent off Vasco striker Luis Fabiano after faking to be headbutted by the striker.


While we come across lots of cases of simulation from players, this is the first one where we see the referee using it to get a player sent off.



The incident was only one of a number of questionable decisions in the game, in which the referee also awarded a late controversial penalty from which Vasco took the lead. A few minutes later, the fortunes changed as Fabinho confronted the referee after a soft yellow card, and incredibly the referee simulated a headbutt as if he was rocked back on his heels.

The replays stunned the spectators after they realized the referee faked the incident. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

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