“Johan, we will miss you”
His death occurred suddenly on Tuesday evening, following a stroke during training, announced the union of elite football referees (SAFE) this Wednesday morning. “To his Family, Relatives and Friends, the SAFE and the Arbitrators send their deepest condolences. Johan, we will miss you,” reads the union’s tweet. Johan Hamel has been refereeing at the highest level since the 2016-2017 season. He refereed 135 Ligue 1 matches and 85 Ligue 2 matches.
Like many clubs who paid tribute to him, the Girondins de Bordeaux presented “its most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones as well as to the members of the French professional arbitration”, in a tweet.