The Breton derby between FC Lorient and Stade Rennais ended in a tragedy. A gardener des Merlus (the nickname of Lorient) died on the ground, a few minutes after the meeting. Players witnessed the terrible scene.
The drama of the weekend happened in Lorient. A gardener working for the football club of the Breton city died after the fall of a heated gantry intended for the treatment of the lawn of the Mouchoir stadium. Players witnessed the scene.
The tragic accident took place this Sunday, December 20, 2020, at the end of the match between FC Lorient and Stade Rennais. In a press release, the city of Lorient indicates that ” a member of the club provider’s team, in charge of lawn maintenance, died following the accidental fall of a light therapy ramp “. This ramp is used to heat the ground in cold weather.
The Rennes substitutes were still on the pitch and were doing their post-match scrub. The witnesses rushed to warn the emergency services. Television footage in the halls of the stadium shows other players and members of the medical staff of both teams rushing to the scene of the accident. They were joined there a little later by firefighters. All remained to watch at the edge of the pitch, in shock as many club employees waited in silence in the passageways.
The rescuers practiced heart massages for more than a quarter of an hour. Transported in critical condition to an emergency department, the gardener did not survive. The deceased was 38 years old and the father of three children. A police investigation was opened to determine the circumstances of the accident.
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A few minutes before this tragic accident, Rennes celebrated their victory by a score of 3-0.