The referee was attacked by a member of the visiting Afghan school team after Rowan had sent off one his compatriots...It was another case of players showing disrespect to the referee. FIFA panel referee Armughan Rowan was injured severely after a footballer from the Steqlal High School, Afghanistan attacked Rowan over a red card given to one his fellow teammates.
Rowan, who was bleeding profusely, had to be taken to a local hospital and needed six stitches to his upper lip. Assistant referee CR Singha oversaw the remaining minutes of the match. Steqlal had lost to 0-2 to Ukraine's Dynamo Kyiv. The side felt hard done by as one of the players was sent off by Rowan just before full time. Shejauddin, one of the members of Steqlal went a step further and attacked Rowan.
Rowan is considered one of India's best referees and is tipped to be included in the AFC Elite Panel soon.
"Subroto Cup is not affiliated to the AIFF (All India Football Federation). But if a report comes to us, we will take necessary steps," Gautam Kar, the head of referees at AIFF, told The Telegraph.
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