A referee who was officiating a football match between two local teams, Billiat FC and Chilengo FC, in the town of Thyolo on Wednesday, is now facing murder charges, after football players allegedly forced him to kill a member of their opposing team.
According to the Malawian police, the incident occured when Chilengo FC players refused to accept the referee’s decision to invalidate a goal.
The district police spokesman, Benjamin Foster told DPA, that the referee fled to a nearby house which the players lit to smoke him out. When the referee ran out of the burning building, the players forced him to hit a Billiat FC player repeatedly with a stick, the spokesman said.
Foster added that the player reportedly died in the hospital after sustaining severe injuries.
“The referee turned himself over and is now facing murder charges,” he said