Referee In Zimbabwe Bludgeoned To Death With A Log For Ruling Goal Offside

A pub league football referee was bludgeoned to death after he ruled a goal was offside during a friendly match in Zimbabwe. Isaac Mbofana, 34, died on the spot after a fan battered him around the head with a log during the heated game last week.

The country’s Chronicle newspaper reported that Mr Mbofana had been running the line as an assistant referee when he ruled a goal was disallowed during the social match on a primary school playing field.

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Police said a group of local fans reacted angrily to the decision, with one allegedly picking up part of a tree trunk and attacking the linesman by the pitch side.

Spokeswoman Thandiwe Khumalo confirmed officers had launched a murder probe following the incident, which happened last Thursday in the central village of Takawira.

The Chronicle reported that officers have named a local man Onismo Sichani, 31, as the main suspect in the murder.