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Greek referee released from hospital after attack

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.