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World Cup Official Shoots Himself  
User currently offlineMilan320 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 869 posts, RR: 11
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1857 times:

Fair use from the BBC:

Berlin's top World Cup official shot himself in the head just hours after the tournament ended and is now fighting for his life, police say.
Juergen Kiessling, 65, was rushed to hospital from his house in Reinickendorf, a suburb of Berlin, after a neighbour heard the shot.

The motive for the apparent suicide attempt is not yet clear.

German media report that he left two suicide notes - one for his daughter and one for his family.

Berlin hosted the World Cup final on Sunday, when fans watched Italy beat France on penalties.

Mr Kiessling was known as "Mister WM" (Mr World Cup) by colleagues in Berlin.

The tournament was widely seen as a great success for the host nation.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5168890.stm

According to a Reuters article:
Citing a police source, the newspaper said Kiessling had "political" problems. German media said his condition remained life-threatening.
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/news...T_0_SPORT-SOCCER-WORLD-SUICIDE.XML


-Milan320

[Edited 2006-07-11 15:57:40]


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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

Poor guy. It must have been hard refeering the world cup...especially this year. People often do not realise that referees are people as well who have feelings etc etc


Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 1):
People often do not realise that referees are people as well who have feelings etc etc

Didn't say he was a ref, only an "official."

Looks like someone had a lot of money on France.  Wink

Harry



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1779 times:

Quoting Legoguy (Reply 1):
It must have been hard refeering the world cup...especially this year. People often do not realise that referees are people as well who have feelings etc etc

Sorry?? That's a misunderstanding, this guy was not a referee, he was part of the organizing committee in Berlin, 65 years oldand the WC has nothing to do with what he did!



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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 40
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

Quoting Andreas (Reply 3):



Quoting Newark777 (Reply 2):

Ohhhhh sorry my mistake, I thought by official, he was a match official. Still makes it sad news.

[Edited 2006-07-11 18:24:11]


Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

KROC is going to need a new pair of pants...


LY744.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

What did he do so wrong that he'd want to kill himself?

Mark


User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 6):
What did he do so wrong that he'd want to kill himself?

You dont need to do anything wrong to feel that Suicide is the next best option. Just last week, a friend of mine decided to stand on the edge of a 6 story building. She hadn't done anything wrong at all, just unlucky in health however she still felt that suicide was an easy way out. (She is better now)

//Kaddyuk

[Edited 2006-07-12 00:10:06]

User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4008 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

Quoting Jap (Reply 7):
//Kaddyuk

 Confused


User currently offlineBowflexBrennan From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

He probably did it because of all the pressure in his job. I used to referee houseleague soccer games, and the crap I got from parents, coaches and players was unbelivable. I quit after three seasons because I couldn't take it anymore, and I was reffing little kids, I can't even imagine reffing in the World Cup. I wouldn't be suprised if he had recieved some death threats. Some people just don't understand that its just a game. Like the way they poured out into the streets and partied into the wee hours of the morning here in Toronto after their teams won a game; they did this for every game, even in the round robin. Maybe its just me, but I fail to understand how soccer fans get so wrapped up in the World Cup, that for the entire month, that is all they can think and care about; there is much more to life than soccer.

User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

Quoting BowflexBrennan (Reply 9):
Some people just don't understand that its just a game.

Some people just don't read before posting. He wasn't a ref.

BAB



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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8969 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Quoting Milan320 (Thread starter):
Berlin's top World Cup official shot himself in the head just hours after the tournament ended and is now fighting for his life. . .

Eh. . . the irony. He must be in the opposing side, then  Yeah sure

Cheers



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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 6):
What did he do so wrong that he'd want to kill himself?

Mark

Probably realized soccer is a crashing bore as we have known all along.

An eminently sensible move under the circumstances.


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User currently offlineMilan320 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 869 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 11):
Eh. . . the irony. He must be in the opposing side, then

Or got money from the Italians (wouldn't be the first time something like that was tried,  Wink) and then felt guilty?  Wink

Anyway, seriously, the reason by Reuters was that he had: "political" problems.

-Milan320



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User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 8):
Confused

Kaddyuk was using my comoputer and didn't log out of my account. He made the post  Silly
//jap  Silly


User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Unbelievable...do you guys actually READ or even remotely try to THINK before posting????

He was NOT A REFEREE, he was the ORGANIZER of those fan partys and public viewing areas on behalf of the City of Berlin...he had NOTHING to do with the WC per se!!

Jesus, some people are intellectually way beyond salvation, it seems!!

The man is 65 years old, he postponed old-age retirement just to be there...he was facing a big black hole in his life: Nothing to do anymore, no need for him on the job, that is, retirement, his wife dead, kids old enough to get out of the house...that's it!



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1355 times:

FYI: The guy died yesterday without gaining conscience!


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User currently offlineTuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1329 times:

Quoting Andreas (Reply 16):
FYI: The guy died yesterday without gaining conscience!

What a sad way to end a life, i really feel for his family!


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