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South African referee shoots coach dead for questioning decision

July 25, 2004

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A South African football referee shot a coach dead and injured two players for questioning his decision to hand out a yellow card to one of their team members during a match, police said.

The incident occurred in the southern seaside town of Kenton-on-Sea on Saturday during a game involving two local teams, police inspector Mali Govender told the SAPA news agency Sunday.

The referee, enraged when a coach questioned his decision, whipped out a shotgun and fired a shot, which killed the coach and injured two players from his team.

He then fled the stadium, Govender said, adding that police expected to arrest him soon.

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