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Italian referee Daniele De Santis and his model girlfriend Eleonora Manta stabbed to death at their home as police launch murder investigation Daniele De Santis and his girlfriend Eleonora Manta were killed on Monday The couple were tragically murdered at their home on Monday in Leece De Santis was a referee in Serie C - 's third-highest football division The 33-year-old was due to referee a Coppa Italia first-round tie on Wednesday 

By Luke Augustus for MailOnline

Published: 13:20 BST, 23 September 2020 | Updated: 13:20 BST, 23 September 2020

Italian football is in mourning after a professional referee and his girlfriend have been stabbed to death at their home in Lecce.

Daniele De Santis, 33, who officiated predominately in Serie C - 's third-highest division - was tragically killed on Monday along with his partner and model Eleonora Manta, 30.

Police have launched an investigation into the murder of the couple.

Italian ref Daniele De Santis and girlfriend Eleonora Manta have been murdered at their home

Italian ref Daniele De Santis and girlfriend Eleonora Manta have been murdered at their home

According to Italian publication La Repubblica, De Santis' body was found on the second-floor staircase of their apartment complex, with Manta's discovered inside their home.

Furthermore it is claimed that a man was seen running from the scene with a knife after neighbours were alerted by screaming.

Police are yet to have formally identified a suspect with La Repubblica adding that despite the presence of CCTV cameras in the vicinity of the incident the man in question 'acted with his face covered and was seen leaving the door with a backpack on his shoulders.'

Head of the Italian Referee Association

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