A referee in Belarus had to be helped off the field at the end of a league match, for being too drunk to be able to leave the pitch on his own.
The Belarusian sports Web site Presball reported that the crowd in Vitebsk stadium, where the local team was hosting Naftan, was amused with the referee’s strange behaviour through the second half. He was hardly moving by the end of the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, officiating from the central circle by the end of the game.
Presball said Shmolik got help after the match but later was taken to the hospital for a test, which showed high levels of alcohol in his system. The Belarus football federation said Shmolik’s case will be subject to a disciplinary committee.