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Player arrested after death crash

Jordan Robertson
Jordan Robertson was questioned by police about the M1 crash

A Championship football player was arrested in connection with a motorway crash on Christmas Day which left a father-of-five dead, it has emerged.

Jordan Robertson, 20, a Sheffield United striker on loan to Southampton, was arrested by Leicestershire Police on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Omar Mohamed, 38, from Leicester, was seriously injured in the M1 crash near Lutterworth. He died on 26 December.

Mr Robertson was released by police on bail after being questioned.

On Tuesday Sheffield United issued a brief statement which said: "It is an unfortunate tragedy and our condolences go out to the family of Mr Mohamed but Sheffield United cannot make further comment as it is a police matter."

Air ambulance

Mr Robertson, who is originally from Sheffield, is understood to have been the driver of a black Mercedes CLC 180 sport car which was in collision with Mr Mohamed's Ford Galaxy on the southbound carriageway at Junction 19.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said Mr Mohamed sustained serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry.

He said: "The injured man died at 1615 GMT on Friday, 26 December. No one else was injured in the collision."

Police are appealing to anyone travelling on the southbound M1 between Leicester Forest East Services and Junction 19 at about 1450 GMT on Christmas Day and who saw a black-coloured two-door Mercedes CLC 180 sports car or a red Ford Galaxy to get in touch with them on 0116 2222222.



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