VIDEO: Referee dies after attack by players and supporters for showing red card in El Salvador

In El Salvador, an amateur referee died after being attacked by players and supporters for issuing a red card.

Jose Arnaldo Anaya, 63, died last weekend after suffering internal injuries while officiating a match at the Toluca Stadium in Miramont, San Salvador.

The referee, who has over 20 years of experience, issued one player a second yellow card, which elicited an outburst from the player. According to local media, he was then attacked by other players and a group of supporters.

Anaya was “brutally” attacked by “pseudo supporters and players,” according to Fesfut, the El Salvador football association, resulting in “blunt” injuries that ultimately to his death.

“As a federation, we condemn all acts of violence that are being generated in the various athletic venues throughout the country,” said a statement from the El Salvador Football Association.

Mr Anaya was treated on the field and brought to the neighboring Zacamil hospital for additional treatment, where doctors discovered internal bleeding that they were unable to stop.

“As a federation, we deplore what occurred to referee Jose Arnoldo Amaya, and we expect that the authorities will be able to uncover those guilty for the referee’s death,” stated El Salvador FA president Hugo Carrillo on the television show El Tiki Taka.

The police have yet to make any arrests, according to local media.

On social media, German Martinez, a professional referee in El Salvador, said: “What a tragedy to learn that they cowardly and savagely murdered Arnoldo Amaya, a so-called player, in San Salvador’s Toluca neighborhood. Great buddy and adviser who always called to wish me luck in arbitration. We demand that justice be served!”

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