Referee Killed By A Fan For Awarding A Penalty

Referee Killed By A Fan For Awarding A Penalty
The late John Chang'aa shaking hands with one of the tournament's delegates

Referee killed by a fan for awarding a penalty
Nairobi, Kenya

An assistant referee was on Friday killed by a fan while officiating a tournament at Nyansabakwa playground in Nyaribari Masaba, Kisii County.
John Chang’aa, a retired teacher who was contracted to be the assistant referee for a two-week football tournament which was sponsored by a resident in the area succumbed to an internal injury after a fan rushed into the ground and kicked him on the chest following a penalty decision he made.
Confirming the sad incident, Nyakumbati Sub Location Assistant Chief Albert Muchiri said the aggressor was arrested and was being held by the police pending further investigation.

“We were informed that one of the fans was unhappy with the decision the referee made and stormed the field where he attacked and injured the match official. He has been arrested and police officers are investigating the incident further,” said the assistant chief.

Kisii County Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Secretary, Evans Mageka also confirmed the incident and said they were going to take stringent measures against the tournament organizers.

“As a Federation, we were not aware of the tournament because we had stopped all the tournaments from being played. I condemn all those who have organized this tournament because they are illegal, we will take action on them, we have already banned Nyansabakwa pitch. We have never been told of his medical condition if he was sick or not and if so, they could not have allowed him to officiate any match,” said Mageka.

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