Luis Suarez was at the centre of a huge brawl which led to soldiers rushing onto the pitch to protect the officials with riot shields.
The former Liverpool and Barcelona forward is winding his career down at Brazilian outfit Gremio, but while he might not be the footballer he once was, his abilities as a troublemaker clearly haven't wilted.
Outrage was sparked during Gremio's clash with Avenida on Sunday after Suarez helped his side take the lead via a merciless quick free-kick as their unsuspecting opponents protested the foul.
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After realising the goal wasn't going to be ruled out, Avenida's apoplectic stars hounded the referee, surrounding him from all sides and barging into him as several concerned Gremio players jumped in to try and calm the situation.
Seconds later a group of riot shield-wielding soldiers swooped in and formed a protective ring around the referee and his officials – though the protesting didn't let up for a good few minutes.
Gremio grabbed a second goal late on, though did so against nine men after the visitors had two players send off in the melee.
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The win sees Suarez's side maintain their 100% record since he joined the club with Gremio top of Brazil's Serie A after seven games, despite only just being promoted last season.
The 26-year-old joined the club on a two-year deal in December, and scored a hat-trick on his debut, with manager Renato Portaluppi noting after his treble: "The fans believe in him, so are we. He showed what he came for.
"He quickly made it into the group because he's a very humble person. He doesn't want the highlights or perks, he just want to be like everyone else."
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