London : An amateur football match turned into bloodshed after a referee was gunned down by an enraged footballer for showing him a red card during the course of the game.

According to the Guardian, police in Argentina are searching for the footballer, who pulled out a gun from his bag after being given his marching orders and shot 48-year-old Cesar Flores dead after returning to the field.

According to local reports, a player was also injured during the incident, but is believed to be out of danger.

Argentinean authorities have been struggling to deal with violence in football for a long time.

A club match in the South American nation had to be abandoned last year after a played punched a referee unconscious after being shown a yellow card.

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