It’s a Tweet liable to sent chills down the spine, and the news it relays is grim and discomfiting.
A 21-yr old Ghana referee – Kyei Andoh – has reportedly died after being severely assaulted while officiating a lower division game in Ghana
— Thomas Kwenaite (@TKwenaite) March 9, 2014
Details are trickling out of Ghana this Sunday that a beating that occurred earlier this week has led to the death of a young referee in Africa.
Kyei Andoh was officiating a third-tier match between Bordie-based Gold Stars and Naajoe United when he was assaulted during and after the match by supporters of the hometown Gold Stars. After the match, he returned home and did not seek medical care.
His older brother, Kweku Andoh Kyei, told Asempa FM that his brother was joking with his family about the beating before his injuries got worse over time for the young man.
“That the home team assaulted him of the sort. He was even joking about the issue that one guy gave him a slap while others manhandled him.
“And then on Friday I was called and told that my brother was vomiting blood and had fainted. I was later called only to be told that he has passed away.”
It’s a horrifying story, and one that is sure to have severe repercussions throughout Ghana’s soccer structure.