Rose match abandoned after death of club official

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FOOTY fans were left shocked on Wednesday when a Super League match was called off after a club official died.

The game between Linlithgow Rose and Bonnyrigg was called off when Craig Devine (46), a long-serving member of the Bonnyrigg Rose committee, collapsed in the dressing room during the half-time interval at Prestonfield.

The Rose physio Kimberley McCall and Bonnyrigg player Michael Gemmill, raced to help and attended to him until paramedics arrived. He was rushed to St John’s Hospital in Livingston with a suspected heart attack but died soon after. The match, which was level at 2-2, was immediately abandoned. Tributes flooded in from both clubs.

Rose boss Mark Bradley said: “It is very sad, the Bonnyrigg players were shocked by what they saw. The referee made the proper decision to abandon the match. Linlithgow Rose send their condolences to his family and all those at Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club.”

Bonnyrigg FC paid tribute to their committee man, who they said would be sadly missed, and they thanked Linlithgow Rose for their help.