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Police: Likely suicide try by referee

Updated: November 19, 2011, 2:04 PM ET
Associated Press

COLOGNE, Germany -- A referee in Germany's top league was found bleeding in his hotel bathtub Saturday hours before he was to work a game in what police suspect was a suicide attempt.

Babak Rafati was in stable condition but will need "intensive treatment" and be hospitalized for some time, German Football Federation president Theo Zwanziger said.

Rafati had been scheduled to officiate the Cologne-Mainz game, which was called off when no replacement referee could be found in time.

Zwanziger ...

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