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WWE Star Chris Jericho

Suspended for

Desecrating Brazilian Flag

5/25/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A WWE event in Brazil came to a screeching halt Thursday evening ... when local law enforcement stopped a live match and threatened to arrest Chris Jericho for desecrating the Brazilian flag.

It all went down during a match between Jericho and C.M. Punk -- who was proudly waving the flag in the ring. Jericho took the flag away, crumpled it up and kicked the flag out of the ring ... and that's when police stepped in and put a stop to the event.

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We're told Jericho was informed that desecrating the national flag is a crime in Brazil ... punishable by incarceration.

Cops gave Jericho an option -- apologize to the arena ... or go to jail. Chris chose the former ...  grabbing the mic and telling the crowd he immediately regretted his actions. Cops allowed the event to continue.

Sources connected to the WWE tell TMZ ... the flag stunt was NOT planned or approved by WWE officials.

The WWE has just released an official statement saying, "Chris Jericho has been suspended indefinitely  due to an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE event in Sao Paulo on May 24. The WWE has apologized to the citizens and the government of Brazil for this incident."

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1:57 PM PDT -- The WWE has just amended its suspension of Jericho. Jericho is now suspended for 30 days.

6:34 AM PDT --
Jericho has tweeted about the incident ... saying, " Just for the record I love Brazil and wish we could've spent more time here. Beautiful country!"

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152 COMMENTS

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16.

Cole    

VINTAGE JERICHO!

890 days ago
17.

Keya    

Or the fact that he has a tour with his band coming up and this was a way to write him out and not have the former dirt sheet gossip be correct?

890 days ago
18.

Peter Whitney    

Jebus, it's not like he stuck the flag up his nose on live television or anything

890 days ago
19.

oz    

How convenient when we've known for months now that Jericho will be leaving soon to go on tour with his band. WWE apologetic... my sweet ***

890 days ago
20.

Kabala    

Who cares - he's hott..

890 days ago
21.

bunny    

I'm glad this happened because of this horrible storyline. This feud with CM Punk has been the most pitiful storyline in WWE, and there's been a lot. WWE is against bullying but that's all Jericho does with Punk.

890 days ago
22.

Pockets    

Screw Brazil, save hot chicks with big boobs and awesome butts what good are they? JERICHOHOLIC FOR LIFE!

890 days ago
23.

Toilethead    

What a pig. They should have thrown him in jail.

890 days ago
24.

Mike    

Night before: Flag bit? Yea, I'll do it . No problem.

Night after: Woo Who! Paid vacation! Time to cut a new Fozzy album!

890 days ago
25.

D-INCARNATION    

Another reason to hate Brazil, why don't you come get all your illegals out of my town and out of my country.

889 days ago
26.

Michelle    

Nothing ever happened to Shawn Michaels for "denigrating" the Canadian flag, back in the 90's.

889 days ago
27.

Bubbles The Chimp    

He is lucky they did not rush in and kill his lame ass. They do worse just for losing soccer.

889 days ago
28.

Gretel    

You know damn well it was scripted beforehand. If you know anything about pro wrestling you know that these performers for all their might and popularity are nothing but puppets. Any pro wrestler would have never made such a move without orders. They tossed him under the bus head first on this one.

889 days ago
29.

Stormy    

Starting to wonder if "ALL" entertainer's are completely brain dead!

889 days ago
30.

VirginiaG    

What an idiot!

889 days ago
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