A referee, McKnight Nyekheya has been arrested for killing a player in Thyolo, Malawi.
Nyekheya, 28, is suspected to have hit to death a yet-to-be identified player whose team, Billiat FC, was baying for the referee’s blood.
Chikwawa police spokesperson Foster Benjamin said the incident occurred on Wednesday at Chilengo School Ground in the area of Senior Chief Mphuka during a match between Billiat and Chilengo.
“In that game, which was in a one-one affair, referee Nyekheya disallowed a penalty which prompted Billiat players to vent their anger on him.
“In the ensuing chaos, the referee escaped and sought refuge in the nearby house,” He said.
Billiat players, however, went after the referee and smoked him out in utter frustration.
The referee picked up a stick and assaulted one player before he vanished into the maize field.
The assaulted player died on arrival at the hospital.
Nyekheya turned himself over to Nchalo Police Post from where he was transferred to Chikwawa Police Station.
He is facing a murder charge.