By Omolagba Oluwayemi
Football Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
John Chang’aa the legend referee and retired teacher has been killed by football fans at Gesabakwa, Kisii County.
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and FIFA badge referee was killed Friday evening after a fan hit him following a contested decision during a match.
John Chang’aa Okwoyo, who is a retired police officer, was officiating the Mashinani football match tournament between Ichuni Youth and Aspire FC as the first assistant referee when the incident happened.
There was contradiction over the cause of the aggression that led to the assault with the Kisii County FKF Secretary Evans Mageka saying the fan had hit the referee for wrongly flagging a foul.
Jacob Ongeri, a journalist with a local vernacular radio station who was among the spectators said the referee had entered into an argument with the fan after a player of his favourite team was injured before the two started a physical fight.
Although he was rushed to the nearby sub-county hospital, he died on arrival.
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