Golden Lions ref collapses after match, dies

2017-03-11 20:13

Johannesburg - A referee in the Golden Lions Rugby Referees Society, Francois Smit, passed away in Carletonville on Saturday afternoon after having refereed a game at Carletonville High School.

He was 56.

At this stage it is believed he passed away from a heart attack. 

According to Theuns Naude, Manager: Referees at the Golden Lions Rugby Union, Smit handled a match at Allen Glen High School on Saturday morning and then drove through to Carletonville to referee a match there in the afternoon.

“He was a very committed referee who was always available, no matter what the game was, be it under-14s or any other club or schools game. He was always eager to go on the field and was an extremely trustworthy referee who never missed an appointment.

“It is a great loss for the union and a truly sad day for refereeing. He will be sorely missed,” Naude said.

Smit lived on the West Rand in Johannesburg and is survived by his wife Lynn.

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