Italian soccer referee Daniele De Santis and his model partner, Eleonora Manta, were murdered in a gruesome manner as they were stabbed to death in his apartment in Lecce.
The accident occurred last Monday and caused a shock throughout Italy, especially in the sports and football milieu, and the match referees stood with the teams for a minute of silence for the death of their teammate.
The President of the @FIGC, at the request of the President of the#THAT, ordered the performance of a minute of meditation in memory of Daniele De Santis. The # referees they will take to the field with mourning on their arms. Read the news: https://t.co/ct5WntcvMt pic.twitter.com/Sw6kb3BTN1
— A.I.A. (@AIA_it) September 23, 2020
– SS Monopoli 1966 (@MonopoliCalcio) September 23, 2020
Italian press reports stated that the identity of the perpetrator and his motives are unclear, but some witnesses heard Manta shouting the name of the killer, apparently, as he was seen running in the street with the knife, which may lead the police to the identity of the killer.
Daniele De Santis and his fiancée, model Eleonora Manta stabbed to death https://t.co/ccVQTwlXqR via @columna_cero
– Juan Carlos Rubio (@_jcarlosrubio) September 23, 2020
The Italian Federation of Rulers issued an official statement describing De Santis, 33, as a “brave, humble man, and a promising referee.”
De Santes was scheduled to run the Coppa Italia match on Thursday between Monopoli and Modena.
– HVFC 1903 (@VeronaArb) September 22, 2020