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Footballer dies after hitting his head against a wall

Black Lion Leisure Centre
Black Lion Leisure Centre

by Lynn Cox

An amateur footballer died at the Black Lion Leisure Centre in Gillingham last night (Tuesday), after apparently colliding with a wall and hitting his head.

The 27-year-old from Rochester who has not been named was taking part in a five-a-side match, at the Mill Road centre, with the rest of his team mates and was a member of the Black Lion league.

At some point he fell and hit his head.

Paramedics were called at 9.30pm and stayed for around an hour while they tried to resuscitate him.

He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

Police were informed by the ambulance service.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

He was due to celebrate his 28th birthday on Thursday, September 24.

A Spokesman for Medway Council said: "We would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the young man who died at the Black Lion Leisure Centre yesterday. Everyone at the Black Lion Leisure Centre is devastated by what happened.

"We have notified the Health and Safety Executive about this tragic incident and we will play a full part in any investigation they undertake."


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