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Assistant referee Tatiane Sacilotti shouts down Biro Biro after he challenges her decision

BY SIMON RICE

Biro Biro will think twice before challenging an official again thanks to assistant referee Tatiane Sacilotti.

Match officials are berated week-in week-out in football matches around the world and rarely do footballers receive their comeuppance.

But Brazilian Sacilotti took it upon herself to give as good as she got in a recent match with a riposte that saw the player dishing it out given a dressing down.

After signalling a throw-in during a match between Sao Paulo and Ponte Preta, Sacilotti found herself on the receiving end of a protest from midfielder Biro. But the Preta player didn't know what he had let himself in for.

Sacilotti raced towards the 20-year-old to give him a dressing down before Biro sheepishly retreated.

Females in football remain still all too rare a sight and abuse is prevalent. A video recently emerged that showed Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro being abused by Manchester United fans, whilst England's most high-profile female assistant refereet Sian Massey was ridiculed by former Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray.

In light of those shameful episodes, Sacilotti's actions are all the more refreshing.

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