In Brazil The Fans Sue The Referees

Declan Johnston
By Declan Johnston
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The Brazilian Superior Court has just thrown out a case brought against referee Carlos Eugênio Simon by a disgruntled Atlético Mineiro fan, who demanded €8,000 for "shock", "grievance" and "a failure of service delivery" brought about by a bad decision in a 2007 game with Botafogo.




Fan Custódio Pereira Neto's quest for justice has been ongoing for six years now and this was his third attempt to have the case heard in the Brazilian Supreme Court. The referee admitted that he had made a mistake when he turned down a last minute penalty for Atlético Mineiro but the court pointed out that 'causing annoyance is not illegal' and that fans had no right to sue referees for bad decisions. Fast forward to 8:28 in the video to see the decision. Would it have caused you €8,000 worth of moral damage?

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