AN AMATEUR football player died after being attacked on the pitch at the end of a match in Harlington.
Stephen Ritchie, 43, from Brentford, was killed at Little Harlington Playing Fields, in Sipson Lane, Harlington, yesterday (Sun).
His team, Old Greenfordians, had finished playing a match when he became involved in an argument with players from the opposition team, Kingshill Town FC.
The emergency services were called to the fields at about 12.20pm, but he had already stopped breathing by the time they arrived.
A spokesperson from the London Ambulance Service said: "Despite extensive efforts to resuscitate him sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.05pm."
A post mortem at Uxbridge Mortuary this morning (Mon) gave the cause of death as a head injury and an inquest will be opened and adjourned in due course.
Two 20-year-old men were arrested and are currently in custody at a west London police station. Police are treating the death as suspicous.
Ron Dunning, chairman of Hayes & District Sunday Football League, said: "We cannot add anything further because the matter is currently under investigation by the police.
"We will not release a statement for at least 24 hours."
A source from Kingshill Town FC said: "The victim was an Old Greenfordians player. I didn't see what happened as it was after the match.
"I'm not able to say anything else as we have to speak to the police."
Officers cordoned off part of the pitch, which is next to Chelsea's old training ground, now used by Championship side QPR.
An incident room has been opened under DCI Nicky Wall of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) and anyone with information should call 0208 358 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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