French football referee Johan Hamel dies of stroke during training
Ligue 1, Champions League official was aged 42
French football referee Johan Hamel died after suffering a stroke while in training on Wednesday, the Union of Elite Football Referees (SAFE) in France confirmed on Twitter. He was 42.
He had been a French top-tier Ligue 1 referee since the 2015-16 season, and oversaw 135 league matches.
Hamel refereed the French league match between Lille and Rennes on Nov. 6 that ended 1-1, and was a Video Assistant Referee in the Paris Saint Germain-Auxerre game in Paris on Sunday. The PSG won the match 5-0.
He had also officiated in the Champions League, Europa and Europa Conference League.
Many clubs including Lille, Monaco and PSG offered their condolences on social media.
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