Football talent scout jailed for three weeks over road rage incident

A football talent scout on his way to pick up his daughter from school thought another man was making a rude gesture and attacked the latter in a road rage incident.

For that, Marco Paulo Goncalves Guimaraes, 43, was jailed for three weeks.

The Portuguese man was also fined $1,000 for not wearing a mask.

He pleaded guilty to the two charges yesterday and was ordered to compensate the victim.

Guimaraes is a Fifa licensed players' agent who scouted for talent here and in the region to play in European football clubs. He came to Singapore in 2004 and founded the Football Management International company in 2010.

On July 11 last year, at about 1pm, he went to pick up his seven-year-old daughter from Oasis Primary School in Punggol.

He drove along Edgefield Plains, the road just outside the school, intending to wait with other cars along the road for his daughter.

But another driver honked at him along the road. After Guimaraes gave way, he thought he saw the man make a rude gesture with his finger while driving past.

Guimaraes then tailed the man in his car and confronted him without a mask on, at the loading bay of a nearby housing block.

As the victim was trying to alight from his car, Guimaraes pushed the car door, causing it to hit the victim's shin. He also grabbed the victim's wrist and they began arguing.

When the victim got out of his car, Guimaraes pushed him.

The court heard that Guimaraes hurled vulgarities at the victim throughout the encounter and put on a mask only when the victim started taking a video with his phone. Guimaraes also slapped the victim on the side of his head and kicked him before the police arrived.

For voluntarily causing hurt, he could have been jailed for up to two years, or fined up to $5,000, or both.

For not wearing a mask without a reasonable excuse, he could have been jailed for up to six months, or fined up to $10,000, or both.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2021, with the headline 'Football talent scout jailed for three weeks over road rage incident'. Subscribe