The French Refereeing Association has informed that Ligue 1 referee Johan Hamel, 42, has unexpectedly gone suddenly. He was one of the greatest referees in French football. Let’s see how did he die? what happened to him? and what was his cause of death?.
How did Johan Hamel die?
The Union of Elite Football Referees (SAFE) has reported the death of French official Johan Hamel at the age of 42. Just days after his final involvement in a football game as a professional match official, the Ligue 1 official passed away as the result of a stroke sustained during routine training exercises on Tuesday night.
Johan Hamel cause of death
Johan Hamel, a French referee, tragically passed away on Wednesday after having a stroke during practise the day before.
We must thus wait till the family members have had the time and space to absorb this enormous loss.
In order to get feedback on the occurrence, Daily Info Express is attempting to contact family and relatives. Still no response. Once we get enough data, we will update the page. Soon, more details regarding Hamel’s cause of death will be added.
Hamel’s final match
Ligue 1 and Champions League official Hamel was only 42 years old. He presided over his final game on November 6 when Lille and Rennes drew. On November 2, he was in charge of Real Madrid’s hammering of Celtic at the Santiago Bernabeu. He served as the VAR during PSG’s victory over Auxerre on Sunday at Parc des Princes.
Hamel has officiated 135 Ligue 1 games and 85 Ligue 2 games since 2016. He is one of France’s top referees. The Union of Elite Football Referees (SAFE) announced on Wednesday that he had over 300 professional games under his belt and had suffered a stroke on Tuesday evening while participating in routine training exercises. He became a professional referee in 2011.
Who was Johan Hamel?
Last year, the French referee, who was the fourth official in Lithuania’s humiliating 4-1 loss to visiting Northern Ireland, made his international debut. Three penalties and six yellow cards were given throughout the match.
Hamel played the same position in two Nations League games this season: Slovakia’s 1-0 victory over Belarus and Moldova’s 2-0 triumph over Liechtenstein.
This season, Hamel had officiated nine domestic matches, eight in the French football league’s top division and one in Ligue 2.
The action-packed match between Clermont Foot and Stade Reims that he officiated during that period ended 4-2 in favour of Clermont Foot and featured six yellow cards, three penalties, and a sending off.
In addition, he has steadily transitioned to refereeing in international matches; this season, he served as the fourth official in two Europa League games, a Conference League qualifier, as well as one Champions League match.
Condolences from football community
SAFE issued the following statement: “Arbitration is in sorrow. At the age of 42, Ligue 1 referee Johan Hamel passed away. He was a colleague and friend of ours.
“The SAFE and the Arbitrators extend their sincere sympathies to his family, friends, and loved ones. We will miss you, Johan.
The reigning French champions PSG were among the many clubs to pay tribute to Hamel, posting on social media that they were sending their condolences to his family and friends as well as to all French referees.
“We just learned with great regret of Johan Hamel’s passing,” continued Lyon. Olympique Lyonnais offers its deepest condolences to the referee’s family, close friends, and the whole French refereeing community.
Florian Thauvin, a former France international who played for both Marseille and Newcastle United, also expressed his admiration, saying: “My condolences go out to the family of Johan Hamel, a fantastic man both on and off the field and a superb referee. Johan, RIP.”
His memory will be honoured between now and the start of the season, according to the LFP, the organisation that governs French football.
On Wednesday, a number of prominent football writers and clubs from France, including Metz, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, and Lille, expressed their own tributes to Hamel on social media.
Fans and followers paid their tribute to Johan Hamel
Denyvokangi Junior said,
Rest in peace
The whole world of football is grieving
Shaddy Njeri Mnjoro said,
Rest in eternal power football legend
Solomon Ahabyona said,
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and the entire football fraternity Rest in peace Johan
Patrick Ezama said,
So sad for the sports.
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