Bundesliga referee recovering from suicide attempt

BY foxsports • November 21, 2011

The referee who attempted suicide hours before a Bundesliga game this weekend is has been released from a hospital.

German soccer's governing body said Monday that Babak Rafati's condition has improved. Rafati's lawyer told the Deutscher Fussball Bund the 41-year-old referee will continue with inpatient treatment for an undetermined period of time.

Rafati was found bleeding in his hotel bathtub before he was due to take charge of a game between Cologne and Mainz. The match rescheduled for Dec. 13.

The DFB said Rafati requested ''peace and quiet'' and that he ''now needs, above all, time and patience.''

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