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Zimbabwe soccer ref beaten to death with log by fan during match

Oct 23, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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On Monday we told you about the goalie in an English soccer match who was slapped in the face by a fan during a match, but my God, that pales in comparison to this. Pub league football linesman Isaac Mbofana, 34, was bludgeoned to death by a fan after ruling a goal offside during a friendly match in Zimbabwe last week. Mbofana died on the spot after a fan “allegedly battered him around the head with a log” during the game.

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, according to Zimbabwe’s Chronicle newspaper.

The alleged attacker, Onismo Sichani, 31, feld the scene following the attack, and is being sought by police. He was allegedly part of a group of fans who became angry with the offsides call and rushed the field. Sichani, said the report, allegedly picked up part of a tree trunk and attacked the linesman. It happened on Thursday in the central village of Takawira.


  1. shorttracknews - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM


  2. eugenesaxe - Oct 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Words fail me…

  3. albertmn - Oct 24, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    That is why the rest of the world can keep soccer. I don’t know why, but soccer (futbol) seems to elicit more fan violence than all other sports combined.