The football world has been left devastated by a freak accident that killed a man after a league match in France.
A man identified as a 38-year-old volunteer groundsman lost his life after part of a lighting structure fell on top of him in Lorient, France.
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Medical staff rushed to try and save the victim after the shocking incident at Stade du Moustoir, where home team Lorient lost 3-0 to Rennes in France’s top flight.
Local media reports say the man was killed after the match while performing his duties with other grounds staff members.
A floodlight ramp - which is used to help with pitch maintenance - collapsed and fell on top of the victim.
French outlet Canal Plus said the horrific accident caused the man to suffer cardiac arrest.
Ambulance staff were quickly on the scene to try and perform CPR on the victim, but unfortunately he was unable to be saved.
French media reported that some of the Rennes players were “completely panicked” by the horrific incident, with Brazilian left back Dalbert "greatly shocked" after witnessing it unfold.
Football world pays respects to victim
The devastating tragedy left the football world shocked and saddened.
A 38-year-old volunteer groundsman has died following an accident at FC Lorient's stadium. https://t.co/o9Bmpct0JP
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 20, 2020
Very sad news, may he rest in peace. ❤️
— oscar. (@FutboIOscar) December 20, 2020
That’s very tragic, I have no words for this
— ErolSG (@ErolSantGermain) December 20, 2020
RIP and condolences 😢❤️
— 🇺🇸 PulisicParty 🇺🇸 (@Pulisic_Party) December 20, 2020
— 🔴 (@Q_ii_Q_ii_Q_ii_) December 20, 2020
Very sad. Sorry for his family.
— Alan Smith (@Manutder) December 20, 2020
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