A football referee in Malawi has been charged for murder after players allegedly forced him to kill member of the opposing team.
According to district police spokesman, Benjamin Foster, the referee was officiating the match between two local teams , Billiat FC and Chilengo FC, in the town of Thyolo on Wednesday, when he invalidated a goal scored by Chilengo FC. But the players refused to accept the decision.
Reports said a fracas broke out and the referee had to run for cover in a nearby house. Foster said the angry players who chased the ref, set the house on fire in order 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 player later died of multiple injuries as a result of trauma at the hospital .
The referee has reportedly turned himself in and is facing muder charges.