Italian football fans protest VAR as system confirmed for Russia 2018

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino announced this weekend at a FIFA Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that the controversial VAR system will be used at the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15.

The decision was reached after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) unanimously voted to approve the technology, which offers replays for match-changing decisions: red cards, penalties, mistaken identity and offside, following a two-year trial period.

“It’s a decision based on the trials that were carried out in over 1,000 matches in the last two years that provide us with concrete facts that VAR definitely helps referees,” Infantino said.

“It will help to have a more transparent and fairer sport which is what we want because the referee has his work cut out for him already and sometimes he can make mistakes – like any human being – and if we can help him to correct some of these mistakes, let’s do so.”

On the same weekend, outraged Lazio fans gathered in their droves outside the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) headquarters in Rome on Sunday in protest. One banner carried the message “VARgogna” – a play on the Italian word “vergogna”, meaning disgrace.

Italian league Serie A is one of the top European leagues where VAR has been trialed this season, along with Germany’s top flight Bundesliga and English League Cup matches. Lazio fans had apparently reached boiling point with VAR, complaining the system was responsible for them losing a string of games.

Flyers were handed out which listed games in which fans thought the Serie A side had been wronged. “Fiorentina, Torino, Milan, Juve, Cagliari… not to mention those games we won in spite of incredible mistakes,” the flyers read, Forza Italian Football reported.

The fans continued their protest by boycotting the start of their league match at home to Bologna, leaving the Curva Nord stand almost deserted, before entering the Stadio Olimpico in the 15th minute. There was no immediate comment from the FIGC.

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Despite FIFA’s approval, Aleksander Ceferin, president of European football’s governing body UEFA, says VAR will not be used in next season’s UEFA Champions League. “Nobody knows exactly how VAR will work. There is already a lot of confusion,” he admitted.

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As Americans Riot Over a Football Game, Tens of Thousands March for Freedom in Romania


Philadelphia, PA — Last night, thousands of impassioned citizens took to the streets of Philadelphia to take a stand for what they believe in. Ten of thousands gathered — many of whom clashed with police to stand up for their cause — NFL Football.

To celebrate their team winning, the “joyous football fans” mercilessly laid waste to everything around them. They were seen stomping on the awning of the Ritz Carlton until it collapsed.

The revelers were also caught on video destroying cars, looting, and clashing with cops.

In the name of football, fires were set, local businesses destroyed and it was all because a football team won a game.

Had these citizens, been at the wildlife refuge in Oregon to protest BLM land grabs, they would have been called terrorists. Had they been in Ferguson, Missouri to protest police killings, they would have been called thugs. Instead, these inebriated individuals who started fires, assaulted cops, literally ate feces, and caused other people injuries — are called “joyous football fans” by American media.

It is this tendency of Americans to shun those who stand up for a cause and the glorification of insignificant bread and circus events—that almost guarantees tyranny.

If we compare America’s view on protesting with that of Romania, however, we find the opposite.

In Romania’s capital of Bucharest, braving heavy snow and stormtrooper riot police, tens of thousands of people rallied—not for football—but for freedom.

The protests were organized in response to the socialist government of Romania passing new legislation that protects criminal politicians.

The new law would no longer punish abuse-of-office offenses in which the financial damage is less than 200,000 euros, or about $240,000. It essentially legalizes corruption. Naturally, Romanians are upset.

According to reports, an estimated 50,000 freedom-loving anti-corruption activists marched from University Square on to the parliament building to demand the immediate withdraw of this legislation.

“I came here to live in a free country that is not full of corrupt people,” Puica Marinescu, a protester, told Al Jazeera. “I want these assassins and mafia people who confiscated the revolution to leave the country.”

Another protester, Alexandra, said: “I come here because we want to correct politicians and justice in Romania.”

Outside of Bucharest, similar protests occurred in the smaller cities of Cluj, Timisoara, Constanta, Bacau, Sibiu and Iasi.

Conversely, in America, “joyous football fans” take selfies on train tracks to celebrate their team’s win.

As the Free Thought Project previously reported, Romania is no stranger to protesting to keep their liberty. Last year, a similar bill which legalized corruption was also passed.

The grassroots protests against that bill started with roughly 12,000 Romanian protesters taking to the streets outside the government building in the capital on a Tuesday, and quickly climbed to well over 250,000 by the following Friday.

The result of the massive peaceful protest was a win for freedom as the quarter million individuals outside the parliament building forced the government to withdraw the legislation.

“I do not want to divide Romania. It can’t be divided in two,” Prime Minister—at the time—Sorin Grindeanu said in a televised statement. “We’ll hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to repeal the decree, withdraw, cancel it … and find a legal way to make sure it does not take effect.”

When people take to the streets to protest actual tyrannical legislation, instead of the puppets who pass it or irrelevant outcomes of sporting events, things change.

However, many Americans—distracted with their football and 24-hour divisive news cycle—seem to be entirely okay with the PATRIOT Act, FISA, unlimited spying, legal bribery (lobbying) and rampant militarism. The chances of 250,000 patriots taking to the streets to protest warrantless spying on citizens and overt corruption is a mere pipe dream. Rest assured that this is by design.

Case in point.

“..Petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.”

― George Orwell, 1984

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Proposed Illinois law would ban kids under 12 from playing tackle football

A proposed Illinois law unveiled Thursday would ban kids under the age of 12 from playing tackle football.

Named the Dave Duerson Act for the former Chicago Bear, it would reportedly ban anyone under the age of 12 from playing tackle football in organized youth sports.

The proposed legislation is sponsored by State Rep. Carole Sente. If passed, Sente said Illinois would likely be the first state with such restrictions.

Duerson was a member of the Bears 85 Super Bowl team and a successful businessman after retiring from football. After his suicide in 2011, his family discovered many of his problems may have been caused by CTE, a brain illness caused repeated head trauma and concussions suffered while playing football.

Now, his family is behind an effort to keep young kids from hitting each other in tackle football.

“We have an obligation to protect children’s futures, especially when we know how brain trauma can be prevented,” said Duerson’s son, Tregg Duerson.

“Study after study is showing that starting tackle football before twelve leads to greater neurological impairment later in life,” said Dr. Chris Nowinski from the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

Former Chicago Bear and Northwestern football star Mike Adamle believes he is suffering from the symptoms of CTE. He said if he could do it over, he’s not sure he would have played football.

“Given what we know today and if I had to do it over again, certainly I would have not done something that would have put me in harm’s way,” said Adamle.

News that the bill would be announced has already drawn both praise and criticism from the parents of young athletes who feel like it’s a government overstep.

“Public safety issues that have severe health implications, I think, the government does play a role, whether that’s car seats or seat belts or smoking I think that the data at this point, for me, while it’s not 100 percent, it’s convincing,” said State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills.

“Some parents are not comfortable having kids play football and that’s OK, but many parents are and we want the parents to make that decision based off of the information that they have, not an Illinois law,” said Mike Assaad, who runs the youth football program in Elmhurst.

Sente said the bill has officially received a number and the next step will be for it to head to a hearing.

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‘May Your Village Burn’ –Israeli minister posts video with Jewish football fans chanting racist anti-Arab slogans

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An Israeli football club has pledged to crack down on radical fans after a game marred by anti-Arab chants. The sports minister posted a video from the match which featured the offensive calls.

Beitar Jerusalem is notorious for having a radical component among its fan base. During a game on Monday against Bnei Sakhnin, the most successful Israeli Arab football club, some Beitar Jerusalem fans chanted slogans such as “I hate all Arabs,” “Burn down your village,” and “Muhammad is dead,” according to the Times of Israel. There was an announcement at Beitar Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium, asking the fans to stop, but they continued with the chants.

Now, as the club faces fines for hate speech, management says they will shut down an entire section of the stadium, where the radical fans gather.

“The club is taking the gloves off in the battle against violence and racism,” a statement said, adding that the club is “disgusted” by the behavior, and “a decision has been made to close the eastern section to fans until further notice.”

The Times of Israel noted that the club has a history of anti-Arab sentiment, including among its managers. Beitar Jerusalem is the only football club in Israel that has never had an Israeli Muslim player among its ranks, which is part of the club’s unofficial policy, according to the report.

The club blamed both the sports and public security ministries for neglecting the matter. “Where are members of the special unit created to directly deal with incidents of violence and racism in sports? We feel neglected and alone, and the unit’s helplessness was felt with regard to the match against Bnei Sakhnin.”

Incidentally, one of the ministries had a representative at the game. Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev posted a video of herself standing among Beitar Jerusalem fans and cheering for the team, at the same time fans chanted “Burn down your village,” which did not seem to bother the official.

On Tuesday, she said the ministry would call an “urgent meeting on the subject of violence,” adding that “we will take strong action and will not have any tolerance toward violence and racist calls in sports arenas.”

Regev, who is member of the ruling Likud party and a former spokesperson for the IDF, was appointed to her current cabinet position in 2015. An outspoken supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, she also made headlines in the Israeli media this week for hijacking a Monday cabinet meeting to deliver a celebratory speech to her boss, calling him a “great leader” who was “treated like a king” during his recent visit to India.

Regev is also known for once calling African migrants “a cancer in the body of the nation,” though she later apologized for the statement.

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Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho retires from professional football

The player’s brother and agent Roberto Assis confirmed the retirement on Tuesday and announced a series of tribute events dedicated to his career.

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“He has stopped, it is ended. We will do various events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well,” Assis said, the BBS reported. 

Ronaldinho is widely considered one of the most gifted players of his generation, after he rose to prominence at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, where he was one of the players of the tournament. A free-kick that looped over the head of England goalkeeper David Seaman in the quarterfinal announced him on the world stage.

His performances in the competition earned him a move from French side Paris Saint-Germain to Spanish giants Barcelona, where he won two La Liga titles as well as the UEFA Champions League in 2006.

The player known for his almost constant smile then moved to Italy with where he won the Serie A in 2010-11 with AC Milan before moving back to Brazil and ending his career for Fluminense. He retired having made 97 appearances for the Brazil national team and scored 33 goals.

Ronaldinho’s sublime skills were recognized when he received the Ballon d’Or in 2005, awarded each year to the world’s best player.

A FIFA ambassador, Ronaldinho travelled to Russia for the 2017 Confederations Cup last summer. There, he took part in a 6-a-side football tournament in host city St. Petersburg alongside former pros such as Jay-Jay Okocha, Harry Kewell, Pablo Aimar, Vitor Baia, and Marcel Desailly.

In December, it was reported the former Barca no. 10 was planning to embark on a political career, after announcing that he would run for the senate in his home country Brazil with the right-wing Patriota party.

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FIFA sends questions to whistleblower Rodchenkov on Russian football doping

Testimony from Rodchenkov included in the WADA-commissioned McLaren Report resulted in 34 cases of alleged doping from Russian national team soccer players, including members of the Brazil 2014 World Cup squad. World football’s governing body confirmed in a statement that it had sent the questions to Rodchenkov through a WADA designated lawyer.

“FIFA is already in possession of information from Dr. Rodchenkov, since we have been in contact with Prof. McLaren who gave us the information concerning football given to him by Dr. Rodchenkov,” the statement read, Sky Sports reported.

“In addition, after conducting an initial review of the new data from the Moscow laboratory provided recently by WADA, FIFA has now submitted a list of specific questions to the WADA designated lawyer for him to forward them to Dr. Rodchenkov.

“Moreover, FIFA has requested that a forensic analysis be conducted on a concrete number of samples (selected following the criteria set by WADA) and asked to be given priority. WADA informed FIFA that the order of priority will be made by the designated expert team. We haven’t heard from the expert team yet.”

It is reported that WADA retrieved 3,000 samples, including 154 from soccer players from the Moscow laboratory, which Rodchenkov headed, despite the fugitive doctor having destroyed around 8,000 doping controls in 2014.
FIFA also says it has access to additional evidence from a database from Rodchenkov’s laboratory that could help to prosecute doping cases in soccer in Russia.

Last summer, FIFA President Gianni Infantino responded to questions surrounding doping in the Russian national team at the final press conference of the 2017 Confederations Cup tournament. Infantino insisted all of the doping tests from the 23 Russian players taking part in Brazil’s 2014 World Cup had come back negative.

“All 23 Russian players were tested by UEFA accredited doctors and had everything tested. In this Confederations Cup all players were tested, not by Russian people outside of Russia, but by people in our laboratory in Lausanne,” the FIFA president said.

“All these tests, including, in addition, all these tests, not made in Russia, all done in WADA laboratory tests, all tests so far have given negative results. There can be no sanctions. Some people will want sanctions, but if there are no negative results, how can there be?” he said.

In December, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Committee banned Russia from the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games next month and also handed lifetime bans to 42 Russian athletes due to alleged doping violations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Last week, Rodchenkov’s lawyer announced the 59-year-old will provide testimony in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) appeal hearings of the 42 Russian athletes, which will be heard the week beginning January 22.

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Ban for French football referee who kicked out at player before sending him off

Chapron took a tumble when Carlos clipped the referee’s heels near the halfway line while both were running to keep up with a Nantes attack in the final moments of the team’s home Ligue 1 match with Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

Astonishingly, the official then swung his leg round in an apparent attempt to kick the midfielder after seemingly adjudging the Brazilian to have deliberately tripped him. In a further bizarre action, the referee then inexplicably sent Carlos off by showing him a second yellow card for his perceived offence.

In response, the FFF confirmed that Chapron will be withdrawn from immediate officiating, and will face disciplinary action.

An FFF statement, released on Monday, read: “Following the events that marked the end of the game Nantes-Paris SG, involving the referee Mr. Tony Chapron and the player from Nantes, Mr. Diego Carlos, the Technical Direction of Arbitration (DTA) and the Federal Commission of Arbitrators (CFA) have taken the following decisions:

“The withdrawal of Mr Tony Chapron, initially appointed for the Angers SCO-ESTAC Troyes match, counting for the 21st day of Ligue 1 on Wednesday 17 January, until further notice; Mr. Tony Chapron will be convened shortly by the LFP Disciplinary Committee.”

The statement added that Chapron, after reviewing the images of the incident, “found that his fall had been caused unintentionally,” upon which the official informed the DTA and prepared a complementary report for the LFP Disciplinary Committee.

“It’s a joke. Honestly, the whole of Europe is laughing here,” Nantes president Waldemar Kita said after the game. “The player is on the receiving end and it’s him who gets a card. There’s a problem here.”

The red card came in the 91st minute of the match, which Nantes lost 1-0 to Ligue 1 leaders PSG, who now sit 11 points clear at the top of the table.

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‘I’m an FSB major!’ Russian football legend’s wife kicked off flight for ‘disruptive behavior’

In a show of behavior less than glamorous for a footballer’s wife, Alisa Arshavin says she was removed from the Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Almaty, Kazakhstan after an argument ensued with cabin crew when she decided to change 11-month-old Eseniya shortly after boarding.

However, despite Alisa claiming she was forced from the flight along with her two children, Aeroflot claim the 35-year-old mother was kicked off the aircraft owing to her “disruptive behavior.”

In a statement, the airline explained that according to a senior crew member, Alisa “ignored requests from cabin crew of the need to observe airline rules” and continued to try and seat her children, their nanny and herself in business class, despite her ticket being booked in economy.

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Aeroflot said this, along with the fact one of her children “was not seated and fastened when the aircraft was ready for takeoff” was a direct violation of airline rules and which directly resulted in her removal.

Bizarrely, the statement also notes Alisa “repeatedly called herself FSB major in an attempt to pressurize crew members.” The fracas delayed flight takeoff by three hours.

Thirty-five-year-old Alisa is Arshavin’s second wife, and the couple has two children together. She was making her way with her children to Almaty, where her husband now plies his trade for Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Kairat.

Arshavin, 36, made his name at hometown team Zenit St. Petersburg and earned a move to Premier League giants Arsenal shortly after starring for his national side as they reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2008.

The former Russia captain was part of Zenit’s hugely successful team that won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2008 and became Arsenal’s record signing at £15 million ($20 million).

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‘I promised my father I’d win the World Cup’– Pelé recalls remarkable life in football

Arguably football’s most iconic figure, Pelé saw a career that spanned more than 20 years, during which he scored more than 1,000 goals, including a record 77 in 92 games for the Brazilian national team.

His long list of honors includes three World Cup titles – Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962, and Mexico in 1970 – and he played at four finals in all as part of some of the greatest sides ever to grace the game.

In an exclusive interview with RT’s Stan Collymore, the Brazilian great, now 77, recalls how he vowed to his father he would win football’s most coveted prize in the wake of the national team’s stunning loss to Uruguay in the last game of their home 1950 World Cup, which deprived the Brazilians of the title.

“My father was a professional football player in Bauru, the city where I used to live,” Pelé told Collymore.

“And then the World Cup [took place] in Brazil. I was just 10 years old, and I said, ‘Oh my God, Brazil is the best football team, we are going to win the World Cup, we are going to be champions’ and then Brazil lost.

“For the first time [in my life] I saw my father crying. He was with other players in my house to listen to the game, as at that time we didn’t have TV. Then I saw my father crying. I didn’t understand why he was crying, because I was always told that men don’t cry. I said ‘Father, don’t cry. I’m going to win the World Cup for you, don’t cry.’ I said it to him just to make him happy, because it was a big surprise to me.”

Pelé would make good on that promise just eight years later, when despite being a teenager he electrified the world at the 1958 tournament in Sweden – at which he scored a hat-trick in the final.

“[Sweden 1958] was my first traveling outside Brazil, we came there and nobody knew anything about Brazil,” Pelé explained.

“Then one reporter came to me and asked me through an interpreter how was Buenos Aires. I said, ‘listen, Buenos Aires is in Argentina, not in Brazil.’ I was so mad. They didn’t know in Sweden where Brazil was, they were confusing Brazil with Uruguay and Paraguay. I was mad. This was my first experience when I came there.

“When we won the World Cup I had to go outside to call my father and say, ‘did you see? we won!,’ as then we didn’t have communications straight from the stadium… Can you imagine that today? It’s quite a different world now. It was very important to me, I was 17 years old and it was my first World Cup. It opened the door of the world for me.”

That success brought Pelé to the attention of the wider world, but also meant the precocious youngster was often a marked man – and he came in for particularly brutal treatment at the hands of opponents in both the 1962 and 1966 editions of the World Cup.

“At that time it was normal as every game was tough,” he said. “The worst [championship] for me was in 1966 in England. Because in 1962 I played the first three games before being injured. And Brazil won the World Cup, and it was not too painful for me. And in 1966 I was injured again and I couldn’t play, and Brazil lost the World Cup. I think the 1966 World Cup was the most difficult for me.”

Despite the setback of Brazil failing to claim three World Cup titles in a row, the team bounced back in style in 1970 in Mexico – a team with such attacking flair it is widely regarded as one of the best to ever play the game.

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That tournament is also remembered for the iconic image of Pelé and England great Bobby Moore embracing after the group stage game in Guadalajara, in which Brazil ran out 1-0 winners.

Answering Collymore’s question on what “the iconic photo of friendship, competitiveness and respect” meant to him, Pelé said he and late England captain Moore had actually become friends after that moment.

“It’s amazing, because we became friends after that. To me he was the best player. Because he was very tough but at the same time very honest. No doubt for me he was one of the best players.”

On whether the Brazil team of 1970 was the best to ever play the game, Pelé said considering the talent in the ranks, it should go down as at least the best ever to wear the famous yellow jersey.

“For me it was the best team from the four World Cups I played for Brazil. No doubt it was one of the best teams, but we have a nice history. Because you know, when we were preparing for the World Cup, our coach at that time, Mario Zagallo, selected forwards from Santos and Flamengo, he chose Rivelino from Corinthians and Gerson [from Sao Paolo], and the four players wore number 10. All the newspapers wrote that we couldn’t work in one team, because we got Pelé, Rivelino, Gerson and Tostao all wearing number 10. But this was the best team in Brazil’s history. It was a fantastic team.

“Of course I got number 10. No doubt, this was the best moment of my life. The 1970 World Cup was a big responsibility. I just said, ‘God you gave all those victories in my life. I cannot say goodbye being defeated.’ This was very difficult to me, because I took part in four World Cups out of which Brazil won three. This was my last World Cup, as I didn’t have an idea to participate in one more World Cup, I wanted to say goodbye. And thanks God he gave us a victory.”

Despite the huge respect Pelé enjoyed in Europe – as well across the wider world – there were rumors he was prevented from traveling to the continent to play at club level. The Brazilian great’s career spanned 20 years at local team Santos, before a lucrative move to the New York Cosmos for his twilight years in 1975-77.

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Asked if there was any truth to stories that Brazilian football authorities had prevented him from moving to Europe, Pelé admitted that there had been approaches from clubs, including Spanish giants Real Madrid and English club Manchester United, but that he had always “felt comfortable” plying his trade in his home country.

“The president of Santos came to talk to me and my father, saying that they [were contacted] by Real Madrid and Manchester United who had good offers for me. I didn’t know exactly what they offered. And later we talked with my father, he asked me whether I wanted to play in Europe and I said that I felt comfortable in Brazil. Santos was the country’s best club, we won two World Cups with the club. I didn’t feel like [I want] to leave. Then I spent my entire career, almost 20 years, in Santos.”

Given his advancing age, Pelé has been less of a familiar face at showpiece footballing events in recent years – although he made the trip to Moscow for the Russia 2018 World Cup Final Draw earlier in December, being pictured with President Vladimir Putin and fellow legend Diego Maradona.

Asked about his thoughts on Brazil’s chances next year in Russia, as well as the team’s star man, Neymar, the elder footballing statesmen was complimentary.

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“Neymar is from Santos. My son Edinho, who worked with the juniors at Santos, coached him. When he left Santos I spoke with his father and he thought it was a great opportunity [for Neymar] to go to Barcelona. And he went there, to make a long story short, I think it was good for him to have that experience, because Barcelona always has the best players. Now he knows what he wants to prove. He wants to be the best player in the word.

“I think [Russia] will be very important for [Brazil]. I was talking a lot about what happened in my life. I wish to stay healthy to watch that World Cup. And if God listens to what I say, Brazil will be at least in the final.”

Russia, and the wider football world, will certainly hope to see the great man at next year’s World Cup.

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WATCH: Sadistic Cop Kicks Handcuffed Man’s Face Like a Football for Having Hypothermia


Penns Grove, NJ —  Xaviel Ramos, 22, was driving home to South Carolina over the Thanksgiving break to visit his family for the holiday when his two dogs got out of his car. Ramos had no idea that his search for his dogs would end with hypothermia and a police boot to his face. However, as the dashcam footage below shows, that is exactly what happened.

Officer George J. Manganaro, 29, was charged Nov. 28 with aggravated assault after dashcam footage from his police cruiser showed him kick Ramos—who was handcuffed and pantless at the time while seated on the ground—in the head as if he were punting a football.

The incident began when police received a call that Ramos was found attempting to break into a home.

“The guy punched through the window and I guess he was trying to get into our house,” the woman said on the call. “And when he did that my boyfriend grabbed his arm and said ‘oh no buddy you’re not going anywhere.’”

Ramos never tried to fight the couple and he actually stayed there while police made it out to the scene. The woman also told dispatch that Ramos appeared to be very disoriented.

“Something’s wrong with him,” she said. “We think he’s drunk.”

Ramos, however, was not drunk. While he was out looking for his dogs, the man didn’t realize that hypothermia was setting in. By the time he found his way to the couple’s home, he was pantless and clearly delusional.

He was trying to break into the home to get warm. While having hypothermia certainly does not grant anyone the right to break into another family’s home, the treatment he received at the hands of Manganaro was most assuredly not warranted.

As reports:

In the one-minute dashcam video obtained by NJ Advance Media this week, the suspect, identified as Xaviel Ramos, 22 of Hopatcong, is seen in handcuffs with an officer holding on to his arm.


Ramos begins trying to walk away but is pulled back by the officer and put on the ground. A few seconds later, Ramos appears to attempt to get up when Manganaro, who was standing to his left, is seen kicking him in the head, knocking him down. Manganaro is then seen walking toward the patrol car to pick up the hat he knocked off Ramos’ head.

“He had been out of his car for almost two hours walking through the fields trying to recover his dogs,” Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan said of Ramos. After Ramos was kicked in the head by the sadistic cop, he was then brought to the hospital whose staff determined he was suffering from hypothermia.

For trying to break into the home, Ramos is scheduled to appear in court on January 18. A week later, the cop who kicked him in the head is expected to appear for his aggravated assault charge on Jan. 25.

“Xaviel and the rest of the family put this behind them,” Carlos Ramos, Xaviel’s father, said. “We have nothing to do with what’s going forward. That’s between the prosecutor’s office and whatever is going on.”

After the officer was charged, the Penns Grove police department released the following statement as they suspended their officer.

“The Penns Grove Police Department finds this behavior unacceptable,” Penns Grove Police Chief John Stranahan Sr. said in a statement when the charges were filed. “Our officers must adhere to the core values established by our department policies.”

Sadly, the tyranny loving apologists have taken to the comments on and social media to declare their love for the officer and point out the ‘injustice’ that is charging him.

“So what!! Keep crying over criminals fools.  Every burglar should get a kick in the head,” one commenter wrote.

“If me or mine are going to break into homes, then GOOD, get a kick in the head!!!” another person wrote.

Sadly, both of these people miss the point entirely. Had the homeowner been the one to kick Ramos in the head in defense of his property, he would’ve been entirely justified.

However, police have a duty to uphold the law—which includes the presumption of innocence—and they have no right to dole out street justice as if they are the judge and jury on handcuffed men.

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