A third man has been arrested in connection with the death of footballer Jordan Sinnott, who died after being attacked during night out.
Jordan Sinnot, who played for Matlock Town, was found unconscious in Nottinghamshire around 2am on Saturday.
The 25-year-old sustained a suspected fractured skull and was being treated in hospital, but died just before 6pm, surrounded by his family.
Nottinghamshire Police, who have launched a murder inquiry, said a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday. Two men, aged 21 and 27, had already been arrested in connection with the disturbance and remain in custody, the force added.
Detective Inspector Justine Wilson, who is leading the investigation, said in a statement: “Retford is a fantastic town with a close-knit community, and I would like to appeal directly to that community to come forward. Jordan’s family deserves answers, so please come and talk to us. We are making progress in the investigation, but we have unanswered questions. I know there are people out there who saw what happened and can answer those questions for us, so I would like to appeal to you directly – please do the right thing, not just for us, but for Jordan’s family.”
Sinnot was the son of the former Crystal Palace, Watford and Bradford City footballer Lee Sinnott.
Two other men were also reported to be injured during the incidents. A 27-year-old man suffered a suspected broken nose and a 44-year-old was left with a suspected broken jaw.
Matlock Town postponed its away game against Mickleover Sports due to the “tragic and unforeseen circumstances”.
The Derbyshire club tweeted a tribute reading: “You werent 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.”
A statement from Alfreton added: “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 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.”
Sinnott also played for Huddersfield Town, Altrincham, Chesterfield, FC Halifax Town and had a spell on Bury on loan.