COLOGNE, GERMANY (AP) - A referee in Germany’s Bundesliga was found bleeding in his hotel bathtub following an apparent suicide attempt hours before he was due to take charge of Saturday’s game between Cologne and Mainz.
The game was postponed when Babak Rafati was found in his hotel room earlier Saturday “after sustaining injuries with no sign of any involvement by a third party,” Cologne police spokesman Andre Fassbender told The Associated Preess.
“It certainly looks like (a suicide attempt), yes,” Fassbender said.
Zwanziger said the referee’s three assistants told him that they had tried unsuccessfully to reach Rafati by phone two hours before kickoff to prepare for the match. When he didn’t respond to knocks on his door, they got hotel staff to open the door.
Cologne said a replacement referee for Saturday’s match could not be found at such short notice.
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