Mon, 14 Mar 2005


Referee Frisk quits amid death threats

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Anders Frisk, considered one of the best referees in soccer, said he was retiring after receiving numerous death threats since he officiated a Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea.

The Swedish referee told Swedish newspapers that he's been repeatedly threatened by Chelsea fans since ejecting Didier Drogba in the 2-1 loss at Barcelona two weeks ago.

"I've had enough," Frisk told the newspaper Expressen. "I don't know if I even dare let my kids go to the post office. Then it's gone too far. ... These past 16 days have been the worst in my life as a soccer referee."

Frisk, 42, said he informed UEFA about his decision on Friday. He declined to describe the threats, but said most have come from England. Some were directed to other members of his family, he said.

"It's made me think a lot about what's important in life," he said. "You shouldn't have be subjected to this, shouldn't have to be afraid to make a decision on the field."

-- AP