The Spanish team, which lost to Australia 4-3 in the quarter-finals of the hockey world cup Tuesday were possibly on their way to Kalinga Stadium from the hotel to watch the quarter-finals and some of them opted to hop in an open-top vehicle for a little adventure.
According to passers-by, the auto rickshaw, carrying some of the Spanish players and officials, including Santiago, turned around outside gate number three of Kalinga Stadium. Santiago fell while jumping from the vehicle and injured his left knee.
Police officers on duty rushed to Santiago and helped him get first aid. No other details are known yet.
As well as being the president of the Real Federacion Espanola de Hockey, Santiago was a renowned international referee, having officiated in five Olympic Games between Moscow 1980 and Sydney 2000.