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Welcome back to football then after Benfica captain knocks out the referee in a friendly and match is abandoned:

Reffing mad! Benfica reported to UEFA after captain Luisao knocks down official in friendly
PUBLISHED: 10:23, 12 August 2012 | UPDATED: 10:23, 12 August 2012
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Portuguese giants Benfica will be reported to UEFA after their captain Luisao floored the referee in their friendly match against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.
The game was stopped after the first-half incident which saw the Brazilian international confront official Christian Fischer following a late tackle from team-mate midfielder Javi Garcia.

Flashpoint: Luisao confronts Fischer

Benfica later denounced Fischer's fall as a 'lamentable display of theatre' on their official website, but Fortuna president Peter Frymuth said he hoped the club are 'severely punished'.
'Iím shocked. Iíve been in football for many years and have never seen anything like it. I do not understand that players from a team with the reputation of Benfica, a team that play in the Champions League, have such an attitude,' Frymuth told A Bola.
'Letís get help from the German federation and talk with UEFA about Luisao, and about what other players of Benfica did. I hope they are severely punished.

Going, going, gone: Fischer is knocked to the ground by Luisao (right)

'We should have been celebrating for ourselves, but we are now faced with a depressing action. We are speechless, we are dead with grief.'
Fischer refused to restart the friendly - which was goalless at the time of the incident - because of 'the behaviour of the players of Benfica', but Luisao has maintained his innocence.

Reffing mad: The referee's assistants try to restore order as Fischer receives treatment

'I was surprised. I did not make any move of aggression. I tried to be ahead of my colleagues and I saw the referee fall. I tried to talk to the assistants still on the pitch to explain my intention,' the defender told Record.
'I do not fear anything. I have a clear conscience and I will continue with my work.'

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