Bundesliga Weekly

Was football to blame?

November 23, 2011
By Uli Hesse
(Archive)
Last week we said "quite a lot of eyes will be on a seemingly rather mundane clash between Cologne and Mainz", a prediction which unfortunately came true in an unexpected way and for all the wrong reasons. Some two hours before this game was supposed to kick off on Saturday, the referee in charge of the match, Babak Rafati, did not show up for the scheduled pre-game meeting with his assistants. They went looking for him and found Rafati in the bath of his hotel room, his wrists slashed.

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