By Lewis Verdier
One of the referees of a local Referees Association in Maryland was flogged by angry players and fans for alleged cheating. Stephen Picka was attacked on the field after sounding final whistle in a match between the Bunker Hills Football Club and the Airfield Community.
Throughout the game, the Players from Bunker Hills complained of referee Picka giving too many yellow cards to players and one red card to one player.
The referee was also accused of giving false penalty, something which the players and fans saw as cheating and match-fixing.
After the game the referee, Stephen Picka, sensing that he would be attacked, attempted leaving the field at which time he was chased and flogged by angry players and fans.
Picka attempted taking refuge in a nearby house, but he was forced out and flogged. However, a commercial motor-cyclist intervened, thus saving his life from his assailants.
The Bunker Hills was defeated three goals to nil by Airfield Community.
When contacted later, Stephen Picka told the INQUIRER that he will not take legal actions against his attackers, but that he is awaiting the outcome of the association’s investigation.
Meanwhile, the referee association said it has launched full scale investigation in the circumstances surrounding the flogging of the referee.