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Referee shot dead by player he red carded in Argentina


Referee César Flores is dead after being shot multiple times by a soccer player whom he red-carded and sent off the pitch, according to reports.

The reported murder took place in Campo de la Ribera, the provincial capital of Cordoba, Argentina, on Sunday.

Police reportedly said the player retrieved a gun from his bag after receiving the red card, returned to the field during the game and shot the 48-year-old referee.

Authorities are apparently still looking for the player responsible and are still trying to piece together what happened.

A police source told Efe news agency: “It all happened during the football match. We don’t know [exactly what took place], but it appears the player was angry, fetched a gun and killed him.”

Local reports said the referee was shot three times, in the head, chest and neck, while another player was injured, but not critically.

The Guardian


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