It's not easy being a ref, especially when a player attempts a WWE "sleeper hold" to stop you from producing a red card. It makes you wonder, had the ref passed out as intended, would Pedrozo have casually stayed on the pitch?

No one will ever know.

[Editor's note: According to, the strangling was a result of some extremely suspect officiating. Following the game, the strangler, Jose Pedrozo, refused to apologize and pretty much retired from soccer, but only because he thinks it'll be impossible for him to sign elsewhere. Just goes to show what we've been saying for years now: the Chilean Second Divisions are nothing like the late-'90s NBA, where everybody just got to sign with the Knicks after they did something dumb.]

This post, written by Josh Burt, is republished with permission from The Spoiler. Go there often if you like soccer stuff.