Red Card
The player reportedly returned to the pitch and shot the referee. Reuters

An unidentified soccer player shot referee, César Flores, to death during an amateur match in Córdoba, Argentina on Sunday, police reports have confirmed. According to local sources, the aggressor took a gun out of his backpack and killed Flores after he showed him the red card for hitting a member of the rival team.

“It all happened during a soccer match. I don’t know what he [referee] called, he [player] left angry, took the gun and killed the referee,” an officer told Efe news agency. Authorities revealed Flores received 3 gun impacts, one in the head, one in the chest and one in the neck. 25-year-old player, Walter Zárate, was also wounded during the shooting, but he is reported to be safe and stable at a local hospital.

Officials are still trying to put the pieces together in order to decipher what actually happened between the 48-year-old referee and the young player at Campo de la Ribera. The suspect is still on the run and no further details about his identity have been disclosed.

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