Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

Germany: Match postponed following ref suicide attempt

Posted in European Football by peterbein on November 19, 2011

Babak Rafati attempted to take his life in a hotel room

The Bundesliga game between 1.FC Köln and 1. FSV Mainz 05 was called off today following the attempted suicide of the match referee Babak Rafati.

The news of Rafati’s situation was learned by the two teams around one hour and a half before the game and, being unable to find a replacement official at short notice, it was felt by all concerned to postpone the match. Thankfully Rafati’s attempt on his own life proved unsuccessful but following the much publicised case of former Hannover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke last season the subject of suicide in the German game is still fresh in everybody’s minds.

A future date for the game has yet to be determined.

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