The matchday 13 encounter between 1.FC Koln and FSV Mainz 05 has been cancelled on short notice. The reason given was that no referee had arrived. According to Polizedirektion Hanover, the referee scheduled for the match, Babak Rafiti was found in a hotel, after a suicide attempt.
Rafati is a 41 year old German Bundesliga referee of Iranian descent. According to the German Soccer Federation (DFB), Rafati has been a DFB referee since 1997 and has officiated over 100 Bundesliga matches. He has been on the FIFA list since 2008.
Mirko Slomka, coach for Hanover 96, told Sky News, "I am not familiar with the details. I am, however shocked, since Babak Rafati is from Hanover and I know him very well."