Cristian Tirone: Argentine soccer player arrested after hitting female referee during match

In an interview with local media, referee Dalma Magali Kortadi said she awarded a foul to Garmense player Christian Tirone, who police and a Garmense source told CNN was the aggressor, who then began verbally abusing her.

As a result, according to Kortadi, she decided to show Tirona a red card, after which he ran up to Kortadi from behind and hit her on the back of the head, causing her to fall to the ground.

In video footage of the incident, Tirone had to be forcibly pushed away from Kortadi by two of her officials before being escorted off the field by several police officers.

As a result of the attack, Kortadi had to be taken to a local hospital, and after being discharged, she filed a criminal complaint against Tirone.

CNN has tried to contact Tirone through the police, but so far without success.

A police source told CNN that Tirone is being held at a police station in De La Gama, the city where the attack took place. The player is incommunicado, the source said, and is expected to be handed over to prosecutors to testify.

After his testimony, it will be determined whether he is detained or not, and what charges will be brought against him, a police source told CNN.

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The Argentine Football Association (AFA) said in a statement: “AFA rejects and condemns the actions of the player Cristian Tirone (Garmence MP) towards referee Dalme Cortadi, who was the victim of physical abuse in the second half of the match. conformity.

“This chamber, together with the Federal Council, will consider this matter and will accompany the judge throughout the process, strengthening the guidelines for conduct that our association will not tolerate.

“It should be noted that the incident will be referred to the Disciplinary Court for appropriate sanctions against the player and that these anomalous events will not be repeated in any of our football stadiums. Dr. Paula Ojeda, is in constant dialogue with the victim and is fully available.”

Tirone’s club Garmense said in a statement that it “expresses its strong opposition” to the attack.

“The institution expresses its solidarity with the official who was attacked, apologizes, becomes available to her and commits to continue working to eliminate violence in all its forms and educate athletes in such values ​​as: discipline, camaraderie, commitment and above all respect and tolerance ,” the statement said.