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Kevin Johnson: Referee out of hospital after suffering neck injury

31 October 2016

EFL referee Kevin Johnson has been released from hospital having been stretchered off with a neck injury during the Sky Bet League Two match between Plymouth Argyle and Colchester United.

Johnson picked up the injury after an accidental collision with Plymouth striker Jimmy Spencer, and the match was suspended for 15 minutes while the official received treatment.

"He's better today - he's recovering at home after being discharged from hospital yesterday [Sunday] afternoon," Dave Allison, PGMOL National Group Referees Manager, said.

"He has ligament damage to his neck and a little bit of blurred vision, so obviously he's going to be out for a few weeks.

"The PGMOL's thanks must go to the staff of Plymouth Argyle and Colchester United for the manner in which they looked after Kevin, in getting him to hospital and ensuring he received the necessary care.

"The players must be thanked too, as they were subject to a delay. They were extremely understanding and that was good to see.

"The refereeing team all went to the hospital and the match observer stayed with Kevin until his wife arrived from their Somerset home.

"He was well looked after and it was good to see everybody play their part to ensure Kevin received the best possible treatment."

Linesman Simon Knapp took over in the middle as Plymouth went on to win the match 2-1.

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