Babak Rafati out of hospital

Updated: November 21, 2011, 12:45 PM ET
Associated Press

BERLIN -- The referee who attempted suicide hours before a Bundesliga game this weekend has been released from a hospital.

German soccer's governing body said Monday that Babak Rafati's condition has improved. Rafati's lawyer told the Deutscher Fussball Bund the 41-year-old referee will continue with inpatient treatment for an undetermined period of time.

Rafati was found bleeding in his hotel bathtub before he was due to take charge of a game between Cologne and Mainz. The match rescheduled for Dec. 13.

The DFB said Rafati requested "peace and quiet" and that he "now needs, above all, time and patience."

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