Referee killed after red-carded player head-butts him in Mexico

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An amateur Mexican footballer is on the run after allegedly head-butting and inadvertently killing a referee who gave him a red card.

Ruben Rivera Vazquez allegedly became incensed at his expulsion during a Sunday league match in Tulancingo, the second-biggest city in the state of Hidalgo. During his protestations, Vazquez head-butted referee Victor Trejo, who then fainted. Paramedics on site tried to revive the victim to no avail, and the alleged perpetrator fled in a pick-up truck after seeing the ref had suffered serious injury.

According to emergency services on the scene, the referee died of a “widespread subarachnoid hematoma,” caused by a blow to the head.

Police in Mexico are still on the lookout for the alleged killer.

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