Jordan Sinnott: Three men arrested after footballer dies in late-night assault

25 January 2020, 20:53 | Updated: 26 January 2020, 17:59

Three arrests have been made relating to the death of a footballer who died following an assault in Nottinghamshire.

Jordan Sinnott was found unconscious with a suspected fractured skull following "two large-scale disturbances" in Retford late on Friday night.

The 25-year-old died in hospital shortly before 6pm on Saturday.

Nottinghamshire Police said a 27-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm shortly after the incident remains in police custody.

On Sunday, officers also arrested two 21-year-old men on suspicion of murder.

Officers had 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.

They were later called to assist ambulance crews attempting to treat Mr Sinnott following a subsequent incident at about 2am in Market Place.

The footballer later died surrounded by his friends and family.

Mr Sinnott's club, Matlock Town, said he had been put on a life support machine.

Paying tribute to the former Huddersfield Town and Chesterfield player, Matlock said he was their "friend and brother" and had scored his first career hat-trick in his final appearance for the club.

Keith Brown, chief executive of the non-league club, said "family and friends were with him at his bedside".

Detective Inspector Justine Wilson said: "Our thoughts remain with Mr Sinnott's friends and family, who our specialist officers are continuing to support.

"The family would like to pass on their appreciation for the supportive messages they have received and ask for their privacy to be respected at this incredibly difficult time.

"For the family's sake I ask anyone who witnessed these events to contact Nottinghamshire Police or call Crimestoppers anonymously with any information they may have."

Jordan was the son of football manager and former player Lee Sinnott.

Manchester United captain and England player Harry Maguire tweeted: "Such sad news. My thoughts are with his family and friends."

Huddersfield Town said it was "devastated to hear that former player Jordan Sinnott has passed away", adding that he was a graduate of the club's academy.

Matlock Town earlier tweeted that their Saturday away game against Mickleover Sports had been postponed due to "tragic and unforeseen circumstances".

Sinnott joined Matlock from Alfreton Town, who also called off their Saturday fixture following the incident.

Alfreton said they were "saddened and heartbroken".

Sinnott also played for Bury and Halifax Town.