Soccer coach fined for punching Brazilian journalist

A São Paulo city judge has ordered Brazilian soccer coach Emerson Leão to pay approximately $12,500 to Radio Central de Campinas journalist José Henrique Semedo, Esporte e Mídia reports.

The coach punched the journalist at halftime of a February 2006 soccer game, Terra explains. In his ruling, the judge said that Leão, as a public figure, “has to have higher tolerance for harassment from fans and critics, including those in the press.”

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.