The sly knock-out: Edilson (Ponte Preta) vs Eduardo (Guarani)

Kenneth Dokken isn’t alone in hitting people when their backs are turned.

Last Saturday in the Brazilian second division, the Sao Paulo derby between Guarani and Ponte Preta, better known as the Derby Campineiro, was a typically feisty affair complete with goals, red cards, and a sneaky punch-up.

Guarani ran out eventual winners, 2-1, although the hosts lost the battle of the dismissals seeing both Mineiro and Caique sent to early baths while the visitors only lost Deda. Yet the red card scorecard should have been even after an eagle-eyed spectator captured a brutal and cowardly assault by Ponte Preta’s Edilson on Guarani’s Eduardo, dished out only when the referee’s back was turned.

The incident happened just as the match was being brought to a close. As the referee galloped towards the Guarani goal, turning his back on the play, Edilson took his opportunity to smack Eduardo with his forearm, sending his victim crashing to the turf.

Edilson’s violent assault on Eduardo can be seen here.