Lightning struck a football pitch in western Germany on Saturday,
injuring 35 people, three of them seriously, news agency DPA reported.
The accident -- which came as 11 people were hurt in a similar freak
strike at a birthday party in a Parisian park -- happened at the end of a
children's football match in Hoppstaedten, DPA said, citing police.
The referee of the children's match was hit directly by the lightning and
was rushed to hospital.