A REFEREE peed himself in the centre circle after being caught short seconds before the start of a cup match in Brazil.
Denis da Silva Ribeiro Serafim took a leak in his pants without taking his shorts down as he was being filmed on TV ahead of kick-off.
He did it so discreetly the commentator failed to pick up on the shocking moment as he introduced the match official and two linesmen just before the start of the Copa de Brasil clash between Boavista and Goias on Thursday.
But eagle-eyed viewers noticed the unexpected stream running down the ref’s leg and the footage started going viral as the match was being played.
The video showed Da Silva loosening his shorts after glancing behind his back and peeing virtually over the match ball before stepping away from the centre circle.
A wet patch could be seen on his shorts as he apparently had run out of time to use the toilets in his changing room before heading onto the pitch.
But the ref took matters into his own hands as he took emergency measures ahead of kick-off.
The bizarre incident happened at the Elcyr Resende stadium in Saquarema near Rio de Janeiro. Boavista won the first leg 3-1 but everyone was talking about the unscheduled toilet stop.
One social media user suggested: “The ref peed in his pants so he didn’t have to go to the toilet and delay the match.”
Another joked: “That’s not pee pee. That’s holy water the referee places on the pitch to bless the match so it occurs without violence or fights."
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Sports reporter Edson Junior added: “The referee urinated before the match….in his pants. It must have been hard going through the first half with his pants wet.”
Eoin Bradley was spotted relieving himself on the pitch last summer during a break in play in the Irish Cup semi-final between Coleraine and Ballymena United.
The Coleraine forward scored a stunning free-kick and then missed a penalty but it was his action without the ball at his feet that grabbed the attention of viewers. He was later given a six-match ban.
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