FC Lorient Groundsman Tragically Dies After a Floodlight Bar Falls on him in a Freak Accident (Photos)

A 38-year-old man working as a groundsman for Ligue 1 side FC Lorient has reportedly died after a floodlight bar on the stadium fell on him in a freak accident. 

He was rushed to hospital but some reports in France are now claiming he died .

The shocking incident happened at 7.00pm local time shortly after Lorient’s 3-0 defeat against Rennes on Sunday evening. 

Emergency services used a defibrillator on the man before rushing him to the hospital 

The goundsworker was carrying out of his duties after the full-time whistle when a floodlight ramp, used for pitch maintenance, collapsed on him. 

Members from both teams have been left in a state of shock, having come back out on to the pitch to learn of the incident.

Emergency services quickly arrived on the scene and are said to have given the man defibrillator treatment in a bid to save his life before he was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

It happened shortly after Rennes had defeated hosts FC Lorient in a Ligue 1 match

The groundsman, who was working for the French club as a volunteer, was a father of three according to local news sources.

A TV report from Canal+ said: ‘Immediately, the firefighters and resuscitators arrived.

‘Currently they are carrying out incessant cardiac massages on this man.

‘We have seen players from Rennes completely panicked, other players came out of the locker room.

Two other groundsworkers were also taken to hospital but did not suffer any physical injuries. 

The Mayor of Lorient, Fabrice Loher, was at the stadium at the time of the accident and said: ‘It’s a terrible accident. The police from the Lorient police station have marked up the scene and an investigation is underway to understand the circumstances of the accident.’

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