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African League Suspended After Ref Attacked By Players

African League Suspended After Referee Attacked By Players

By David Kappel - May 03, 2018 11:32 AM @kappilinho

While crowd trouble has made the headlines in South Africa recently, an African top flight league had to be suspended after players attacked a match official and one of their coaches punched the referee.

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The sad scenes happened in Ethiopia’s Premier League in a match between the military team Defence and Welwalo Adigrat University, as reported by BBC.

The game was drawn at 1-1 when the referee ruled that an attempt by Defence had crossed the line.

The upset opposition players subsequently chased the match official, who was trying to defend himself with the corner flag and was eventually punched to the ground by one of Adigrat’s coaches.

It’s not the first time that violence overshadowed an Ethiopian game and the country’s Football Federation has since suspended all games in the league, while the punch-throwing coach has been fired.

The below video by state broadcaster ETV shows the shocking scenes in full.

The Ethiopian Football Federation will meet with officials of the 16 teams on Thursday to discuss a solution to the recurring problem.

Do you think associations and clubs should to more to fight violence in football? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Hlaysn Joined: 19 Jul 2012
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Hlaysn May 03, 2018 04:18 PM
Friends of Chips n Rats!
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So-Mathabo-KBY May 03, 2018 01:44 PM
Victor Gomes needs to see this article
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EagleEye Joined: 06 Nov 2014
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EagleEye May 03, 2018 01:43 PM
That was not only hooliganism but barbaric as well.The players needs to be charged with attempted murder!!!
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kg_4_khosi May 03, 2018 12:55 PM
Referees are also human but sometimes you feel like punching them can’t even understand how they miss such crucial desicisons
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Mashia1950 May 03, 2018 12:41 PM
Yah sometimes you'll fell like punching the reff
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FIFA behind chiefs May 03, 2018 11:58 AM
sometime the ref ash

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