A non-league footballer has died in hospital after suffering a late night assault.
Jordan Sinnott, who was on loan at Matlock Town from Alfreton Town, was found unconscious with a suspected fractured skull at about 2am on Saturday morning in Retford, Nottinghamshire.
Officers initially responded to reports of up to eight men and women being involved in a disturbance in the Dominie Cross pub car park in Grove Street shortly after 11.25pm on Friday.
Sinnott was taken to hospital where he tragically passed away on Saturday evening.
In a statement, an Alfreton Town spokesman said: “Alfreton Town would like to release the following statement following on from the incident reported to Nottinghamshire Police overnight.
“We are saddened and heartbroken to report that Jordan passed away just before 7pm this evening.
“His family and friends were with him at his bedside and we send our sincere condolences to them all at this very sad time.
“Jordan was a model footballer and an exceptional talent during his time at the Impact Arena and had a close affinity with both the manager, assistant and the players he took the field with.
“The club would ask for privacy to be respected to all at the Reds and to Jordan’s family and friends during this delicate time.
“Rest easy Sinbad, we will never forget you.”
Sinnott, who was a midfielder, came through the ranks at Huddersfield, making two league appearances before going on to play for Bury, Halifax Town and Chesterfield.
He joined Alfreton Town in 2018 and was loaned to Matlock Town last summer.
On Twitter, Matlock Town said: “You weren’t just a footballer, you were our friend and brother. You gave us incredible memories and scored your first career hat-trick in your final game for the club. Rest easy Jordan, we love, miss and will never forget you.”