The game between military team Defence and Welwalo Adigrat University was heading to a 1-1 draw when the referee ruled the ball crossed the line and awarded a goal to Defence.
He was then chased down by Welwalo Adigrat players and was punched to the ground by one of their coaches.
Referee Attack in #Ethiopia 🇪🇹
The coach, who punched the ref, has been fired, and the Ethiopian Football Federation has suspended all games in the league.
A video posted online by state broadcaster ETV shows the referee attempting to defend himself with a corner flag. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/w5XXztlsEZ
— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) May 1, 2018
The coach has since been fired and all games in the league have been suspended by the Ethiopian Football Federation.
A video posted online by the country’s state broadcaster ETV shows the referee attempting to defend himself with a corner flag.
There have been several instances of violence in the Ethiopian game recently with this latest incident triggering the ban on games.
Officials of the federation will meet the 16 teams of the league on Thursday.