Referee dies five days after being struck by a ball during a match

County FA referee dies from a suspected brain haemorrhage five days after he was ‘struck by a stray ball’ while officiating at a schoolboy game

  • Michael Grant had been refereeing a youth match in Sleaford, Lincolnshire 
  • He suffered a bleed to the brain after being struck on the head by a stray ball
  • He died on Monday after he was injured officiating at the match last week 

A County FA referee has died after he suffered a serious head injury while he was officiating a school game.

Michael Grant had been refereeing at a youth match when he was struck by a ‘stray ball’, the Boston and District Saturday Football League said.

Mr Grant suffered a bleed on the brain and died in hospital on Monday.

The incident last Wednesday at Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford has been described as a ‘freak accident’ by the Lincolnshire Football Association (LFA).

Michael Grant had been refereeing at a youth match when he was struck by a ‘stray ball’, the Boston and District Saturday Football League said

The incident last Wednesday at Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford has been described as a ‘freak accident’ by the Lincolnshire Football Association (LFA)

Grandfather-of-one Mr Grant was described by the LFA as a ‘much-respected referee’ who ‘always had a smile on his face’.

The LFA said Mr Grant, from Ruakington, Lincolnshire, regularly officiated two to three games a week.

It added: ‘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.’


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