Fans stunned by incredibly buff referee Anderson Daronco as they joke players are terrified to argue with his decisions

HENCH referee Anderson Daronco has left fans stunned on social media.

The Brazilian officiates in his home country's top-flight.

And pictures have circulated online of Daronco, 39, taking charge of games, with his rippling biceps on display.

Players petulantly arguing with officials is a common sight in football.

But Twitter users have joked that they wouldn't dare remonstrate with Daronco.

One wrote: "If he gave me a red card, i would say to him "sorry" and offer to put it back in his pocket for him."

Another added: "I don't think any player ll challenge his decision".

A third quipped: "Meet Brazilian referee Anderson Daronco. If he gave me a red card I'd say thank you.

"Look at the size of them arms".

Daronco also seems to be making a positive impact in other ways.

In August last year, he became the first referee in Brazil to halt a match because of homophobic chanting.

The incident, not new in Brazilian football, took place in a match between Vasco de Gama and Sao Paulo.

And Daronco intervened, stopping play and instructing home manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo to address the crowd.

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