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Malaysian referee under probe for firing shots in unruly soccer game

Malaysian referee under probe for firing shots in unruly soccer game

A Malaysian referee is under investigation for allegedly firing warning shots in the air after he was attacked for suspending a player during a local soccer match, police said Thursday.
The referee, who was also a policeman, ran to his patrol car to get the gun during the Sunday match in southern Johor state after angry players mobbed him for showing one of them a red card, a Johor police official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, citing protocol.
The New Straits Times newspaper said the referee, fearing for his life, fired two warning shots to disperse the crowd.
However, the police official said the gun was seized from one of the players and investigation was ongoing to determine who fired the shots. The referee suffered bruises from the mob attack and has been detained for questioning over suspected misuse of firearms, he said.
Five players between the ages of 23 and 40 were also being held for questioning and could be charged for rioting, he added.


Updated : 2021-06-25 06:47 GMT+08:00