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Flashback: The Sad Story of the Referee Who Was Shot and Killed for Showing a Red Card to a Player

The job of a referee in a football match is never an easy one. He has to try and control the game even if it's getting out of hand. There have been cases where players charged at referees for making unfavourable decisions. And sometimes, the referees were physically assaulted by these angry players.

Referees are human, although in all sincerity, some of their decisions can make one go crazy. There was the case of Ovrebo, who received death threats after his decisions seemed to favour Barcelona in the 2009 UCL semi-final encounter between Chelsea and Barcelona.

But perhaps the worst reaction to a referee's "bad officiating" is the case of a player, who shot and killed a referee for showing him a red card. It was a sad story, really. 48-year old Argentine referee by name Cesar Flores was brutally shot by a player whom he had sent off during a match. Reports had it that the player, after leaving the pitch, took out a gun from his bag, returned and shot the referee dead. And that was how Cesar Flores died for doing his job. It was a sad moment for football, really.

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