Greek referee released from hospital after attack


FIFA referee Thanassis Tzilos who was beaten up by four unknown assailants outside his home on Wednesday was released from a hospital in Larisa.

Speaking to journalists after his release on Thursday, hospital director Panagiotis Nanos said doctors stitched Tzilos’ head and leg injuries and will be re-examined on Friday by doctors, according to state-run news agency ANA-MPA. 

Local media in Larissa and in Athens reported that Tzilos, a civil engineer, left home just after 9 a.m. to go to work when four men with their faces covered attacked him. A neighbor who witnessed the incident called an ambulance.

The referee, who recently earned his FIFA badge, had officiated the game between Xanthi and Olympiakos 10 days earlier that finished 1-1.

In the last few years there have been several attacks against Greek referees or their properties, without the culprits ever been found.