Ugly scenes as referee attacked by players and staff

All football league matches in Ethiopia have been suspended after a referee was attacked on the field by players and coaching staff of one team.

The Ethiopia Football Federation took the drastic step following the ugly scenes in the fixture between Defence Force SC and Welwalo Adigrat University.

A referee was attacked in Ethiopia after awarding goal. Pic: Facebook/Bleacher Report

The scores had born tied at 1-1 until Defence took a shot, which the keeper fumbled but appeared to re-gather before it crossed the line.

The referee however awarded the goal which set off Welwalo, who surrounded and began intimidating the official.

As the situation grew worse on the field the ref grabbed a corner post to defend himself before he was set upon by one of the coaching staff from Welwalo.