Bundesliga match called off after referee's suicide bid

Updated: 19 November 2011 21:51 IST

The German league match between Cologne and Mainz was called off 40 minutes before kick-off on Saturday after the Bundesliga referee tried to commit suicide.

Bundesliga match called off after referee's suicide bid
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Berlin:

The German league match between Cologne and Mainz was called off 40 minutes before kick-off on Saturday after the Bundesliga referee tried to commit suicide.

Hanover police have confirmed 41-year-old Babak Rafati had tried to commit suicide while the local press reported the referee of Iranian origin been found in his hotel room having cut open his veins.

According to SID, an AFP subsidiary, his condition has been described as critical.

Bundesliga coaches have already expressed their shock at the news, just over two years after Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke took his own life after battling with depression for several years.

"I know him very well, the news has shocked me greatly," Hanover 96 coach Mirko Slomka told German Sky after hearing about Rafati.

Schalke coach Huub Stevens was dumbfounded.

"It's hard to believe that something like this can happen," said the Dutchman.

"I am lost for words.

"Health is always the most important thing and football is only a minor matter in comparison.

"I can imagine no one wants to play after hearing the news."

Rafati has been a Bundesliga referee for six years, ironically his first match having also been between Cologne and Mainz, and he has officiated 84 top-flight German league games.

He had been a FIFA referee since 2008, but was not nominated by the German Football Federation (DFB) to referee this year at international level.

Topics : Football Lukas Podolski Michael Schumacher Bayern Munchen FC Schalke 04 FSV Mainz 05 Borussia Dortmund Atalanta
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