French referee Johan Hamel dies aged 42 after struggling a stroke in coaching – simply two weeks after he was fourth official for Celtic’s Champions League conflict with Actual Madrid
- French referee Johan Hamel tragically handed away on Wednesday morning
- It was reported that the 42-year-old had suffered a stroke on Tuesday in coaching
- Hamel was a veteran of 136 Ligue 1 video games after top-flight promotion in 2016-17
French referee Johan Hamel tragically died on Wednesday after struggling a stroke in coaching on Tuesday.
Hamel, 42, was a veteran of over 130 video games within the French top-flight, and made his Champions League debut as a fourth official a fortnight in the past in Celtic‘s defeat to Actual Madrid within the ultimate spherical of group stage fixtures.
His ultimate recreation got here on November 6, overseeing Lille’s Ligue 1 conflict with Rennes, earlier than taking over fourth official duties in PSG‘s assembly with Auxerre on Sunday, November 13.
With greater than 300 skilled video games to his title as a referee, Hamel’s shock passing comes after he suffered a stroke while present process routine workouts in coaching.
Having grow to be one among France’s elite referees in 2016, he had greater than a decade of expertise within the recreation after turning skilled again in 2011.
French referee Johan Hamel (L) has tragically handed away after struggling a stroke on Tuesday
Hamel had refereed 136 Ligue 1 video games since incomes top-flight promotion in 2016-17.
The French referee took on his first worldwide roles final season, too, because the fourth official in Lithuania’s heavy 4-1 loss to visiting Northern Eire that noticed three penalties and 6 yellow playing cards dished out.
This season noticed Hamel tackle the identical function in a pair of Nations League ties; Slovakia’s 1-0 win over Belarus and Moldova’s 2-0 victory towards Liechtenstein.
Hamel had made 9 home appearances as a referee this season, with eight coming within the top-flight of French soccer and one recreation from Ligue 2.
Throughout that point he officiated within the action-packed assembly between Clermont Foot and Stade Reims which completed 4-2 to the previous, and once more noticed six yellow playing cards and three penalties within the tie, in addition to a sending off.
Hamel turned skilled in 2011 and since 2016 has been one among his nation’s elite referees
He has additionally progressively made the transition into officiating in continental clashes, and this season had taken on fourth official duties in two Europa League video games and a Convention League qualifier, in addition to one Champions League conflict.
A press release from the Union of Elite Soccer Referees (SAFE) learn: ‘Arbitration is in mourning. We study of the loss of life of our Colleague and Pal, Johan Hamel, Ligue 1 referee, on the age of 42.
‘To his Household, Relations and Mates, the SAFE and the Arbitrators ship their deepest condolences. Johan, we’ll miss you.’