Referee abandons match in China to catch flight

Last week's reserve fixture between Hangzhou and Meixian in China was prematurely ended because the referee feared he would miss his flight.

A referee carries the ball   -  Getty Images

A China League One reserve match was suddenly cut short due to a referee's desperate need to catch a flight.

The first half between Hangzhou Greentown's reserve side and Meixian Techand lasted only 40 minutes, while the whistle blew 38 minutes into the second because the referee feared he would miss his plane last week.

Hangzhou – home of Australia international defender Matthew Spiranovic – confirmed to Chengdu Economic Daily that the game was abandoned as there is only flight scheduled daily at the nearest airport.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) is investigating the incident.

Support Sportstar

Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.

  Dugout videos