FIFA Panel Referee beaten up in Subroto Cup match: Report

Updated: Sep 29, 2012, 09:46 AM IST

It was another case of players showing disrespect to the referee. FIFA panel referee Armughan Rowan was injured severely after a footballer from the Steqlal High School, Afghanistan attacked Rowan over a red card given to one his fellow teammates.

Rowan, who was bleeding profusely, had to be taken to a local hospital and needed six stitches to his upper lip. Assistant referee CR Singha oversaw the remaining minutes of the match. Steqlal had lost to 0-2 to Ukraine`s Dynamo Kyiv. The side felt hard done by as one of the players was sent off by Rowan just before full time. Shejauddin, one of the members of Steqlal went a step further and attacked Rowan.

Rowan is considered one of India`s best referees and is tipped to be included in the AFC Elite Panel soon.

"Subroto Cup is not affiliated to the AIFF (All India Football Federation). But if a report comes to us, we will take necessary steps," Gautam Kar, the head of referees at AIFF, told The Telegraph.