Referee Dies In Freak Accident During School Football Match

A referee has died following a freak accident where he was struck by a ball during a school football game.

Referee Michael Grant died following a brain bleed after being struck by a football during a school football match
Referee Michael Grant died following a brain bleed after being struck by a football during a school football match

Referee Michael Grant was struck by a football during a school game at Carre's Grammar School in Sleaford, Lincolnshire on October 19. He was rushed to the hospital suffering from a bleed on the brain following the injury.


Lincolnshire Football Association (LFA) announced yesterday that Mr Grant, from Ruskington, tragically died in hospital on Monday.



The LFA said in a tribute post: "Our thoughts at this sad time are with the family and friends of Michael (Mick) Grant from Ruskinton, who passed peacefully away in hospital yesterday.


"Mick was refereeing a school game last Wednesday when he suffered a serious head injury in a freak accident.


"A gental man, he regularly officiated two to three games a week, always with a smile on his face.


"Football in Lincolnshire has lost a much-respected referee in the process of doing what he loved and the whole football family sends our heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter, grandson, and his many friends."


Sleaford United Football Club also paid tribute to Mr Grant, saying: "Awful news, this is so sad. We had Mick as our ref a week last Sunday.



"Mick was a nice fella to talk to before a game, he had some good advice as well as some interesting stories. "The man was clearly devoted to football and unfortunately died in a freak accident officiating a sport he clearly loved.


"Thoughts from everyone at Sleaford United FC go to Mick's family and friends."


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