Brazilian Team Fumes After Opposition Masseur Denies 2 Match-Winning Strikes

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A team masseur who sneaked onto the pitch to deny two late goalscoring opportunities for the opposition has apologised for his actions.

Romildo Fonseca da Silva, masseur for Aparecidense in Brazil's fourth division, ran into the goalmouth in the dying minutes of his side's game against Tupi and denied successive goal-bound efforts to ensure his side escaped with victory in the two-legged tie on away goals.

Fonseca da Silva showed both no little skill with his feet to deny the two shots but also a great turn of speed—evading angry opposition players after his intervention as he ran for the cover of the stadium's tunnel, where riot police protected him.

Afterwards, Fonseca da Silva was quoted as being unrepentant for his actions, although he later apologised.

"It was our only chance. If I hadn't done it, Aparecidense would have been knocked out," the masseur was quoted as saying by Brazilian media, via Eurosport.

"I don't regret it because I did it out of love for the club."

He later added: "It was an impulse. I apologise to the fans."

On their official website, Tupi called the whole incident "one of the most shameful episodes in the history of Brazilian football" and said they would protest the result of the match.

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