Viral Video of the Day: Tanzanian Referee Gets Clocked by Angry Player

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMarch 14, 2012

Referee, meet fist. Assailant, say bye-bye to football for a while.

We've all been victims of bad calls at some point in our footballing careers. Most of us, though, resisted the urge to punch the bumbling referee in the face.

Enter Stephano Mwasika, who in this video lands a sweet right cross to the referee's jaw during this Tanzanian match between Mwasika's Young Africans (better known as Yanga, I'm told) and Azam last weekend. The referee, to his credit, keeps his feet.

The brouhaha erupted after the referee sent off Yanga midfielder Haruna Niyonzima for allegedly using foul language. That's when the Yanga players circled the referee, Manchester United-style, and proceeded to push him around a bit.

That wasn't enough for Mwasika, who reportedly could get a ban of up to one year for his punch. For that punishment, the least he could have done was knock the ref out.

So that's it, right? Mwasika takes his punishment, Yanga punish the rest of their players and everybody gets on with life, right?

Luckily for us, no. Yanga are considering an appeal and in the meantime they're going after the referee for "gross incompetence."

Meanwhile, somewhere in Mali, Koman Coulibaly cackles over a bottle of cognac and a tape of the 2010 World Cup.

Video h/t: 101GG