Referee strikes player during Hong Kong Macau match

It's not uncommon for a soccer player to strike a referee but it's rare for a referee to punch a player. That's exactly what happened, though, during a friendly match between Hong Kong and Macau today.

It's not uncommon for a soccer player to strike a referee but it's rare for a referee to punch a player.

That's exactly what happened, though, during a friendly match between Hong Kong and Macau today.

Macau referee Choi Kuok-kun is expected to be disciplined by the Asian Football Confederation after attacking Hong Kong winger Lee Kin-wo in the match played in Macau.

Hong Kong TV stations showed footage of Choi throwing a punch at the back of Lee's head after the referee was provoked by the player who intentionally kicked the ball at him.

The incident happened after Lee was shown the red card in the 81st minute by the amateur referee.

"We will wait for the referee's report and we will take the appropriate action to fit the punishment if we deem it necessary," Macau Football Association spokesman Rego Alexandre said.

Hong Kong won the match 1-0.