Brazilian Soccer Club Lays A Beatdown On The Media

If you thought New York Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella was the media’s worst nightmare, think again.

Sure, Torts may have a knack for blowing up on the men with the microphones, but he has always managed to keep his cool just enough to refrain from engaging in a physical confrontation with them.  Unfortunately, the same can not be said for Emerson Leao, former coach of the Brazilian national soccer team, and current coach off the Goias club team.

Following a game in which his team squandered a 2-0 lead against Vitoria (they tied 2-2), Leao was attempting to have a conversation with the referee when a reporter stuck a microphone in the coach’s face.  That caused Leao to raise his finger at the reporter before pushing him away.  And soon enough, the entire Goias team had come to the defense of their bench boss.

The altercation forced police to become involved and it is believed that the reporter intends to sue Leao, Goias striker Rafael Moura (the player seen striking the reporter to the ground at the 1:00 mark), and a couple of other players as well.  He may not have gotten the sound bite he was looking for, but this is one reporter that is simply not willing to walk away empty-handed.

Hat Tip – [Dirty Tackle]

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