World of Sport

Player banned for smearing blood on opponent’s face

A Brazilian footballer has been given a two-match suspension for an extraordinary incident in which he smeared his  blood on an opponent's face.

Chicao of Brazilian third tier side Santa Cruz was left with blood streaming down his face after being caught with a flying elbow by Fortaleza's Esley just before half-time.

When he realised he was bleeding Chicao completely lost the plot, as our video shows, running after Esley to remonstrate with him in  time-honoured fashion by, er, rubbing gore on his cheeks.

Esley was already having a bad time of it - he'd scored an own goal earlier in the game - but the fun was just beginning. He and Chicao got into an argument that turned into a mass brawl, with both Esley and Chicao and their respective team-mates Everton Sena and Ciro Sena (no relation) being sent off.

It was Esley's Fortalez who had the last laugh, though: the game resumed calmly after half-time, with Carca and Asisinho both scoring to give the side a 2-1 win that kept them top of the league.

Not that the Fortalez man got away with it for long: he ended up with a five-match ban for his elbow to Chicao's face that started things off in the first place.