THIS IS the moment a tiny boy, aged five, was flung to the ground and injured by a professional wrestler in Mexico.
The shocking footage caught Einar Cruz, who performs as ‘Einar El Vikingo’, initially lying on the floor as the child approached him during an outdoor event in the Mexico City borough of Venustiano Carranza last Friday.
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The kid, called Mateo, walked over to the grappler following a tag team match and reached for the 21-year-old wrestler’s neck just after he had lost.
But El Vikingo stood up and attacked him in a move that was clearly not part of the script and far from the fan-friendly WWE.
Speaking to television network Telediario, the youngster said he wanted to choke Einar El Vikingo because he was on the villain team.
The clip shows how several bystanders in the crowd quickly came to Mateo’s aid and angrily reprimanded El Vikingo for his vicious reaction.
Cops arrived on the scene as he was placed under arrest while other officers had to intervene and stop members of the audience from attacking him.
El Vikingo was released from custody on Sunday.
That was after Mateo’s mother appeared before the Mexico City prosecutor’s office and pardoned him.
Mexico City Attorney General Ernestina Godoy said: “It is not a crime that deserves deprivation of liberty, injuries that take 15 days to heal are not punishable.
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“But here we are working to get him punished because he is a child, but we had to release him at that time.”
Mexico City Wrestling Commission announced El Vikingo had been indefinitely suspended on Monday.
A host of fellow wrestlers have since offered their support to Mateo with some even visiting the kid at his home.
Female wrestler Marcella tweeted a photo of her and the boy and wrote: “Today I paid a visit to Mateo, the boy who was attacked and threatened by the pseudo fighter ‘Einar El Vikingo’.
“The wrestling family is outraged by this action. We must not allow violence. Hopefully the authorities will get to work.”