Ligue 1 referee Johan Hamel died of a Stroke during a training session on Tuesday evening, the Union of Elite Football Referees (SAFE) declared on Wednesday. Hamel has been a top referee since 2011, he had been one of France’s elite referees since 2016, taking charge of 135 Ligue 1 matches and 85 Ligue 2 games. He had over 300 professional games under his clip.
Hamel, a Ligue 1 and Champions League official, was just 42. He took charge of his final match on November 6, as Lille drew with Rennes, while he was also on duty for Real Madrid’s thrashing of Celtic at the Santiago Bernabéu on November 2. He had also been the VAR for PSG’s win over Auxerre at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.
“To his Family, Relatives and Friends, the SAFE and the Arbitrators send their deepest condolences. Johan, we will miss you.”
Lyon added: “We have just learned with immense sadness of the death of Johan Hamel. “Olympique Lyonnais sends its most sincere condolences to his family, his loved ones, as well as to the entire French refereeing corps.