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

Babak Rafati
Born (1970-05-28) 28 May 1970 (age 49)
Hanover, West Germany
Other occupation Banker
Years League Role
2000–2011 2. Bundesliga Referee
2005–2011 Bundesliga Referee
Years League Role
2008–2011 FIFA listed Referee

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

Suicide attemptEdit

Rafati was scheduled to referee a 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.

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