Super League referee dies, aged 26

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TRIBUTES have poured in from the rugby league world after the death of popular Super League referee Chris Leatherbarrow.

Tributes poured through social media channels for the 26-year-old last night, who was from St Helens.

Former Saints star Apollo Perelini tweeted: “Really sad news of Chris Leatherbarrow @SuperLeague referee. I still remember when he first started. R.I.P Chris”

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, said: “We are all truly shocked and saddened by the news of Chris Leatherbarrow’s untimely death.

“This is a dreadful tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with Chris’ family, friends and colleagues at this terrible time.”

He leaves four-year-old daughter Daisy and partner Nicola.