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Police storm pitch after footballer from team of Porto's Ultras knees referee in the face and 'breaks his nose'

Mirror logo Mirror 4/04/2017 Jake Polden

Credits: Minuto 90 TV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Minuto 90 TV A Portuguese footballer has been banned for life after kneeing a referee in the face and apparently breaking his nose. 

The incident occurred just minutes into a game between Canelas 2010 – a team made up of Porto Ultras – and Rio Tinto in a fourth-tier regional district league.

The above below shows Marco Goncalves lashing out at a rival player before being shown a straight red card by referee Jose Rodrigues.

The Canelas 2010 player reacts angrily to being sent off, grabbing the official and kneeing him in the face, knocking him to the ground with the force.

Credits: Minuto 90 TV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Minuto 90 TV

Police immediately storm the pitch to prevent further violence as Goncalves is escorted from the ground and the referee is taken to an ambulance.

The player has since been banned for life, with Canelas president Bruno Canastro confirming the decision in a Facebook post.

"The club strongly condemns the thoughtless attitude of its player Marco Goncalves," the statement read.

"In the face of the events, the player Marco Goncalves will never again wear the shirt of CF Canelas 2010."

Speaking after the match, which was abandoned after just two minutes, Goncalves claimed he could not remember lashing out at the referee.

Mirror Football previously reported that Canelas 2010, made up of Porto Ultras, went on an 11-game wining streak in December.

The successive 3-0 victories were the result of games being abandoned due to opposition teams refusing to play them.

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