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Padstow Park referee’s wife, who was injured in vicious football match, breaks silence

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The wife of a football referee who was allegedly attacked on the pitch by an amateur boxer reveals the incident ruined their family vacation – which was booked for the next day.

Khoder Yaghi, 45, was working as an assistant referee when he was allegedly attacked by Adam Abdallah, 25, following a game between the Eagles and the Padstow Hornets at Padstow Park in Sydney’s south-west in 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Footage showed Mr Yaghi being pulled to the ground and trying to shield his face from being punched and kicked. The father-of-four was covered in blood and missing teeth when he was taken to hospital in Liverpool.

On Monday morning, his wife Fay Yaghi told Radio 2GB that her husband was still hooked up to machines in hospital awaiting surgery to rebuild his jaw – which was broken in three places.

She told host Ben Fordham she couldn’t stop crying when she saw her husband briefly on Saturday night, but what made it worse was the cancellation of their family holiday in Bali and Singapore.

Khoder and Fay Yaghi were supposed to take their four sons to Bali and Singapore on Sunday but had to cancel (pictured, Mr Yaghi with three of his four children)

Khoder and Fay Yaghi were supposed to take their four sons to Bali and Singapore on Sunday but had to cancel (pictured, Mr Yaghi with three of his four children)

Adam Abdullah, 25, (pictured), faces charges of injuring a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and arguing over the alleged attack

Adam Abdullah, 25, (pictured), faces charges of injuring a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and arguing over the alleged attack

Adam Abdullah, 25, (pictured), faces charges of injuring a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and arguing over the alleged attack

The couple and their four young sons were due to leave Sydney Airport at 12.30pm on Sunday, but “we couldn’t get there because my husband was [allegedly] brutally beaten,” she said.

“Over the past month we’ve been planning and booking for this vacation and we had bags ready, packed and all.”

“I can’t believe we had to cancel.”

Ms Yaghi recalled that trying to explain the alleged incident to her children was difficult because her three youngest sons were not old enough to fully understand the situation.

“I told them, ‘Dad had a little accident in football and he’s going to get better,'” she said.

“My 14-year-old boy understands the state his dad is in…He’s also being bombarded on social media by his friends and people he knows on Facebook.”

Khoder Yaghi had been refereeing a game between Padstow Hornets and Greenacre Eagles at Padstow Park in Sydney's south-west on Friday night when the alleged assault happened.

Khoder Yaghi had been refereeing a game between Padstow Hornets and Greenacre Eagles at Padstow Park in Sydney's south-west on Friday night when the alleged assault happened.

Khoder Yaghi had been refereeing a game between Padstow Hornets and Greenacre Eagles at Padstow Park in Sydney’s south-west on Friday night when the alleged assault happened.

Ms Yaghi said the alleged attack on her husband was so brutal he kept bleeding until Sunday.

“Football should be a safe place,” she said.

“It’s like a religion that everyone can understand – why should anyone hurt anyone? Whether it’s my husband or someone else? For what?’

Despite his ordeal, Ms Yaghi said he would never stop playing or refereeing.

“Nothing can stop it,” she said. “Football is in his blood. It has always been his passion.

From his hospital bed on Sunday, Mr Yaghi told Nine News: ‘I thought I was going to die.’

“It hurts me more because [Mr Abdullah] is from my community, he is from my religion, he is Lebanese like me,” he said.

‘He [allegedly] jumped over the fence and wanted to start a fight. I just asked him to walk away. he wouldn’t walk away’.

Mr Abdullah, who was suspended from playing with the Greenacre club for two years for fighting on the pitch, reportedly clashed with Mr Yaghi after the final whistle.

However, Seven News reported that associates of Mr Abdullah claim he was hit with the referee’s flag for the first time, which sparked the alleged assault.

Photos uploaded to social media show Mr Abdullah’s face badly bruised.

It has emerged Mr Abdullah played for the same south-west Sydney club - the Greenacre Eagles - as Taha Sabbagh (pictured), who was shot dead in front of his 12-year-old son at close range in an alleged hit from the underworld in March.

It has emerged Mr Abdullah played for the same south-west Sydney club - the Greenacre Eagles - as Taha Sabbagh (pictured), who was shot dead in front of his 12-year-old son at close range in an alleged hit from the underworld in March.

It has emerged Mr Abdullah played for the same south-west Sydney club – the Greenacre Eagles – as Taha Sabbagh (pictured), who was shot dead in front of his 12-year-old son at close range in an alleged hit from the underworld in March.

Mr Abdullah reported to Bankstown Police Station on Sunday where he was charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and a fight.

He was refused bail and will appear in Bankstown Local Court on Monday.

It has since emerged that Mr Abdullah played for the same south-west Sydney club – the Greenacre Eagles – as Taha Sabbagh, who was shot dead in front of his 12-year-old son at close range in an alleged stunt. underworld in March.

Associates of Mr Abdullah (pictured with alleged injuries) claim he was hit for the first time

Associates of Mr Abdullah (pictured with alleged injuries) claim he was hit for the first time

Associates of Mr Abdullah (pictured with alleged injuries) claim he was hit for the first time

Mr Abdullah, who was suspended from playing with the Greenacre club for two years for fighting on the pitch, reportedly clashed with Mr Yaghi after the final whistle.

Horror footage shows Mr Yaghi being pulled to the ground as he tries to cover his face to protect himself from punches and kicks

A crowd quickly formed around the pair with bystanders seen trying to come to the aid of the referees.

Greenacre Eagles released a statement on Sunday saying it has elected to withdraw its team from freshman MPL competition and is cooperating with police.

“Following the incident which occurred after the end of the match, our club has taken the decision to withdraw the team from competition for the remainder of the 2023 season,” it read.

“It reminds everyone that violence will not be tolerated at our club.”

Mr Yaghi underwent emergency surgery at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney after his jaw was broken in three places

Mr Yaghi underwent emergency surgery at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney after his jaw was broken in three places

Mr Yaghi underwent emergency surgery at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney after his jaw was broken in three places

Origin: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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