SAO PAULO (AP) — A sports tribunal has removed a fourth-division club from the Brazilian league after its masseur stepped onto the field and made two key saves near the end of a match.
The tribunal also suspended masseur Romildo da Silva for 24 matches and fined him about $250 for helping club Aparecidense this month.
With the match against Tupi tied 2-2, Silva lurked from behind the net and entered the field when a Tupi player cleared the goalkeeper and appeared to have an open shot on goal. He blocked two consecutive shots, allowing his team to advance to the competition's quarterfinals.
Enraged Tupi players chased Silva from the field and police grabbed him for his own protection.
With Monday's ruling, Tupi replaces Aparecidense in the next round.