Former SA Test referee Michael Katzenellenbogen dies

2019-07-30 08:39
Michael Katzenellenbogen
Michael Katzenellenbogen (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, has paid his respects to former Test referee Michael Katzenellenbogen, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 50.

Katzenellenbogen appeared in two Tests, in 2002 and 2003, and more than 100 first class matches, at Super Rugby, Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup level, until his retirement in 2004.

"Michael basically grew up wielding a whistle as his father, Deon, was also a top-level referee," said Alexander.

"Referees are important members of the rugby family and we're saddened to hear of Michael's death at a very young age.

"He always carried himself with dignity and was at the top of the refereeing game in South Africa. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues in this very sad time."

Apart from refereeing, Katzenellenbogen was a qualified physiotherapist who lived in Pietermaritzburg. He was diagnosed with cerebral ataxia a few years ago and was wheelchair-bound.

Katzenellenbogen was born on December 22, 1968 and is survived by his wife, Linda, and seven children.


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