By way of SPORTS CRACKLE POP comes this video of Belarus league soccer referee Sergei Shmolik being escorted from the field. At first it seemed that Shmolik was suffering from some sort of back pain, and he was taken to the hospital for tests. The results showed that he had high levels of alcohol in his system.
Why did they have to wait for the test results to determine that he was drunk? It’s clear from looking at the video and reading the account of the event that Shmolik was shmitfaced.
The stadium crowd were stunned by Shmolik’s peculiar behaviour. The referee was hardly moving by the end of the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, as he officiated the game from the centre circle, refusing to go to his pocket for any cards throughout.
“I haven’t seen a drunk referee before. It’s just beyond my comprehension,” said Belarus national coach Berndt Stange, who was at the game.
Sometimes we forget how good we have it here in the states. Sure our referees gamble, but they don’t show up to work sloppy drunk.