Two men have been arrested after a Matlock Town footballer died following an assault in Nottinghamshire.
Jordan Sinnott was found unconscious with a suspected fractured skull following two disturbances in Retford on Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Nottinghamshire Police launched a murder investigation after the 25-year-old died in hospital shortly before 6pm on Saturday.
A 27-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm shortly after the incident remains in police custody, the force added.
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.
They were later called to assist ambulance crews attempting to treat Mr Sinnott after he was discovered unconscious with a suspected fractured skull following a subsequent incident at around 2am in Market Place.
Mr Sinnott remained in hospital after the incident while receiving treatment for his injuries, where he died surrounded by his friends and family.
Two other men were also injured during the incidents. A 27-year-old man sustained a suspected broken nose while a 44-year-old man suffered a suspected broken jaw.
Detective Inspector Justine Wilson, leading the investigation, said Mr Sinnott’s family “deserve answers” as she appealed to members of the community to come forward with any information.
In a statement, she said: “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.”
Matlock Town said on Sunday that their fixture against Grantham Town on Tuesday had been postponed due to the “tragic events”, after they had previously cancelled Saturday’s game against Mickleover Sports.
In a tribute to Mr Sinnott on twitter, the non-league club wrote: “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.”
He started his football career as a youth player at Huddersfield Town, whose under-18 team he captained in 2012, before joining Altrincham on loan.
He also played for Halifax Town and Chesterfield ahead of a move to Alfreton Town, who also called off their Saturday fixture following the incident.
A statement from Alfreton Town following Mr Sinnott’s death said the club is “saddened and heartbroken”.
It 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 the field with.
“Rest easy Sinbad, we will never forget you.”