FIFA referee Liesveld escaped from burning car

Dutch FIFA referee Richard Liesveld could not referee his match yesterday because his car got on fire on the way to the match Roda – Vitesse in Dutch top league. The referee’s car burned out completely. Liesveld heared a strange noise while driving so he stopped at the first gas station. He did not notice anything at first glance and wanted to continue, but then people who were near to the car warned him that his car was burning from underneath. The referee could get out safely, but was not able to take his referee equipment with him. A witness said that they couldn’t get closer (see picture below) because glass was going everywhere. The referee talked on Twitter about the incident. “I was startled enormously. It’s so surreal if you see the car you just have driven in burned down in just five minutes", tweeted Liesveld.
Dutch FA appointed Ed Janssen to replace Liesveld, so the match was still played. Police is investigating the case. Dutch FA thinks it’s just a technical problem in the car and not something which was planned by angry football fans.

Source: Volkskrant