Serie B and C referee Daniele De Santis and his partner were killed in his apartment on Monday evening.
According to La Repubblica, the 33-year-old and his girlfriend, 30-year-old Eleonora Manta, were found stabbed to death in his apartment in Lecce.
A man was seen running from the scene with a knife after neighbours were alerted by screaming.
De Santis was primarily a referee at Serie C level, and over his career had officiated 130 competitive matches.
He had made his Serie B debut as a fourth official in Pisa-Benevento in 2017.
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