Babak Rafati

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Babak Rafati
Born (1970-05-28) 28 May 1970 (age 48)
Hanover, West Germany
Other occupation Banker
Years League Role
2000–2011 2nd Bundesliga Referee
2005–2011 Bundesliga Referee
Years League Role
2008–2011 FIFA listed Referee

Babak Rafati (Persian: بابک رفعتی‎, born 28 May 1970) is a former Iranian-German football referee.[1]

As of February 2010, he has officiated more than 150 matches in the 1. Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga. As of November 2011, he has officiated 84 top-flight German league games.[2]

Suicide attempt

Rafati was scheduled to referee a 1. Bundesliga match on 19 November 2011 between 1. FC Köln and 1. FSV Mainz 05, but never arrived, leading to the match's abandonment after a replacement could not be found.[3] He was later found in his hotel room, having attempted suicide, and was rushed into intensive care.[2][4] He confirmed that he was suffering from depression, and that would like to return to refereeing after he finished undergoing therapy.[5] Incidentally, his debut officiating a Bundesliga game was a match between Köln and Mainz 05 on 6 August 2005.


  1. ^ "Babak Rafati" (in German). Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Bundesliga game called off after referee's suicide bid". BBC Sport. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Köln vs. Mainz called off". Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Köln gegen Mainz abgesagt". Sportschau (in German). ARD. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Referee Babak Rafati seeks return after suicide attempt". BBC Sport. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

External links

  • DFB Info (in German)
  • Babak Rafati at

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