Benfica friendly cancelled after captain Luisao knocks down referee

The friendly match between Fortuna Dussledorf and Portuguese giants Benfica has been cancelled after visiting captain Luisao knocked referee Christian Fischer to the ground.

The incident occurred in the 38th minute in both sides' final friendly matches before the new season at Esprit Arena, with the score remaining 0-0.

Fortuna midfielder Oliver Fink was on the receiving end from a particularly late tackle from the Eagles' player Javi Garcia, with the referee awarding a free-kick to the German side.

Despite Garcia's disagreement with the award of the free-kick, club captain Luisao approached the referee in disgust, before forcing him to the ground with what appeared to be a bodycheck, before remaining on the ground motionless for a number of seconds.

Luisao, who has appeared in more than 300 games for the Lisbon side, maintained his innocence before pointing out he merely went to protest the award of the free-kick, after Garcia was booked twice.

With both coaches entering the field of play, the referee was led away by his assistants and visibly dazed after being treated by team doctors of Fortuna.

The match was subsequently cancelled.

  • COMMENT: Xenophobia rears its ugly head in Singapore once more Sat, Apr 19, 2014
    COMMENT: Xenophobia rears its ugly head in Singapore once more

    Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are … Continue reading →

  • Driving a $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder to the future Sat, Apr 19, 2014
    Driving a $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder to the future

    It’s more than just its inherent speed, or the whooshing noise that fills the cabin like a school choir jamming with James Hetfield. It’s what it represents in an industry full of skeptics. It’s a portal into the future – a time capsule left by some mad scientist born decades too soon. It’s something that shouldn’t exist. And yet it does.

  • 919 reasons to love: Flickr photo of the day Sat, Apr 19, 2014
    919 reasons to love: Flickr photo of the day

    We've brought you the drive video of the $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder -- an 887-hp hybrid supercar with two electric motors working in harmony with a big 4.6-liter V-8. But how about this? Porsche's hybrid Le Mans racer -- the 919 Hybrid, sent to us by Kevin Leech. Get on board with electrification, folks. Because it's taking over the world.