Renowned commentator Simon Hanley passed away on December 31st, at the age of 60. Hanley gained international fame for his broadcasts of Spanish football matches, with his last match being the highly-anticipated matchup between Real Madrid and Osasuna in early October.
Fans and colleagues alike took to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to Hanley, who was known for his passion and enthusiasm for the sport.
LaLiga TV, the official account for Spain's top football league, wrote on Twitter, "A voice that is so easily recognizable in the world of football, we will miss you. Rest in peace." While the cause of Hanley's death has not yet been announced, it is clear that he made a lasting impact on the world of football.
Born in Morpeth, England, Hanley developed a love for the sport at a young age and was a die-hard fan of Newcastle football club.
As a young man, he made the decision to move to Spain, where he quickly became a household name and a beloved figure in the football community.
Hanley began his career as a commentator in the 1980s, quickly rising through the ranks and becoming one of the most well-known and respected voices in the industry. In addition to his work in Spain, Hanley also lent his talents to broadcasts of international tournaments such as the World Cup and European Championship.
Throughout his career, Hanley was known for his in-depth knowledge of the sport and his ability to bring the excitement of the game to life through his commentary. His enthusiasm and passion for football was contagious, and he was loved by fans all over the world.
In addition to his work in the commentary booth, Hanley was also a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife and children, who have asked for privacy during this difficult time. The football community joins them in mourning the loss of a true legend.
Hanley's contributions to the sport will never be forgotten, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace, Simon Hanley.