Police in Banteay Meanchey province are searching for a man suspected of fatally stabbing another man on Saturday over an errant tackle during a heated neighborhood football match.
Serei Saophoan City police chief Siv Socheat said the match was in its second half when play stopped over a tackle by the victim, Theng Yuth, 24, that allegedly took out the legs of the suspect, whom he identified only as Panha, 21.
Mr. Socheat said the two teams argued for a few minutes, then resumed play. But the suspect, unmollified, went home and returned with a knife that he used to stab Theng Yuth in the right thigh, he said.
Still not satisfied, Mr. Socheat added, the suspect drove after Theng Yuth, who was getting a ride to the local hospital from a friend, and stabbed him again, this time fatally in the stomach.
“The victim’s friend was taking him to the hospital on a motorbike,” he said. “But the suspect followed the victim and attacked him a second time in the stomach and fled.”
Theng Yuth bled to death on the way to the hospital, Mr. Socheat said.
“The victim died because he was badly injured in the stomach and he lost a lot of blood,” he said.
Provincial military police commander Or Borin said the murder weapon was recovered near the crime scene, covered in blood.
“We know his identity,” he said of the suspect. “I believe we will arrest him and send him to face the court soon.”