A referee is facing murder charges after football players forced him to kill a member of an opposing team in southern Malawi, police said Friday.
The referee was overseeing a football match between two local teams, Billiat FC and Chilengo FC, in the town of Thyolo on Wednesday, when Chilengo FC players refused to accept the referee’s decision to invalidate a goal, district police spokesman Benjamin Foster told dpa.
In the ensuing scuffle, the referee fled to a nearby house, which the players lit on fire to smoke him out, according to Foster.
The player later died of his injuries in hospital, added Foster.
“The referee turned himself over … He is facing murder charges,” he said.