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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July, 2003, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
Referee 'happy' over Uday's death
Furat Ahmed Kadoim
Furat Ahmed Kadoim still bears the scars from the beatings he received
An Iraqi football referee tortured on the orders of Saddam Hussein's son Uday for refusing to fix matches says he is "really happy" his tormentor is dead.

Furat Ahmed Kadoim, who is living in Birmingham after fleeing to England seven months ago, was jailed three times after ignoring Uday's demands to let his favourite soccer team win.

Mr Kadoim, a 37-year-old Fifa-registered official, said he still has the scars from the beatings he received at the hands of Uday's henchmen.

Uday, formerly the head of Iraqi football, and his brother Qusay were killed in a gunfight were killed in the city of Mosul earlier in the week.

Notorious prison

"I was really happy to hear Uday had been killed," Mr Kadoim said.

"I just wish I had been in Iraq to celebrate with the other people.

The players respected me, but if I started cheating then they wouldn't any more
Furat Ahmed Kadoim

"My friends know how I suffered and they have called me from celebrations in Iraq."

Describing his ordeals, Mr Kadoim said he was thrown in the notorious Al-Radwaniya jail, where the beatings took place.

"I met Uday three times and after matches three or four of his bodyguards would come to my house and say 'Why have you refused Uday's order?'.

"I still have scars and lumps on my legs where I was beaten.

"Before one game Uday said 'If al-Zawra don't win it will be your responsibility'.

Uday Hussein
Uday Hussein used to be the chairman of the Iraqi FA

"He didn't want me to go before a court though, so after a week or 10 days on each occasion I was released.

Mr Kadoim added: "When Uday spoke to me before a game I certainly didn't refuse to his face.

"He was a madman and you didn't know what he was going to do.

"He shot people in a rage many times, so I didn't say anything and just kept quiet.

"But I couldn't let his team win unfairly. The players respected me, but if I started cheating then they wouldn't any more."

Mr Kadoim has been living in Winson Green, Birmingham, for most of the time since he fled Iraq.

Asked about his plans for the future, he added: "I want to continue my career in football. It's my life."

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