'Very tragic': Volunteer worker killed in freak stadium accident

Andrew Reid
·2-min read
Pictured here, the scene of a devastating tragedy that left a volunteer groundsman dead in France.
A volunteer groundsman was killed in a freak stadium accident in Lorient, France. Pic: Les Sports+

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.

Seen here, the lighting structure that fell on top of the victim in France.
A 38-year-old man died after a lighting fixture fell down on top of him. Pic: Canal Plus.

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.

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The devastating tragedy left the football world shocked and saddened.

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