Sunday, April 15, 2012

Footballer dies after collapsing on the pitch

Italy- Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest in the 31st minute of a Serie B match against Pescara.

Medical workers attempted to resuscitate the 25-year-old on the pitch, but according to the AP, a cardiologist at the hospital to which Morosini was taken reported that he was dead upon arrival and never regained consciousness. The match was abandoned as players left the pitch in tears.

A defibrillator was used on Morosini on the pitch, but the ambulance was held up by a police car blocking its path.

Pescara president Daniele Sebastiani said that Morosini suffered "three cardiac arrests in quick succession." Morosini repeatedly tried to get back up after his initial fall, while his teammates shouted at the referee -- who had his back to Morosini -- to have play stopped.

Morosini, a former Italian youth national team player, was on loan at Livorno from Serie A side Udinese. The Serie A club informed Italian football's governing body (the FGIC) that they would not be able to play their scheduled match against Inter on Saturday evening after such a devastating shock and all Italian matches across all divisions scheduled for this weekend were suspended a short time later.

source AP

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