Just about a month after Fabrice Muamba collapsed during an English FA Cup match against Tottenham after suffering cardiac arrest and an Indian football player D. Venkatesh died after collapsing on the field during a local league game, the footballing world is mourning the death of yet another football player in the 2nd tier of Italian football.
Edoardo De Blasio, a cardiologist at Pescara’s Santo Spirito hospital, confirmed the death, saying that ”unfortunately he was already dead when he arrived at hospital. He didn’t regain consciousness.”
It was the latest high-profile case of a football player collapsing from heart failure on the pitch, coming less than a month after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered cardiac arrest during a game in England. he was said to be “Dead for 78 mins” however Muamba survived, but remains in intensive care.
All Italian matches this weekend were immediately called off after the death was announced.
Morosini, who was on loan from Udinese, fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and tried unsuccessfully to get up before receiving urgent medical attention on the pitch. A defibrillator was used on the player, and he was conscious when he was stretchered off the pitch.
”He looked at me in the eyes when he was taken into the ambulance,” Pescara’s general manager, Danilo Iannascoli, told Sky Italia. ”We are living through a drama.”
Italian media reports said a car belonging to traffic police blocked the ambulance’s way into the stadium and a window had to be broken so the car could be moved.
”I don’t know if the ambulance was late, but I know that the entrance onto the pitch was blocked by a vehicle,” Iannascoli said. ”Morosini collapsed, he tried to get back up but then collapsed again.”
The match was abandoned with Livorno leading 2-0, and the other players left the field in tears. Livorno players and officials rushed to hospital, where they were told their teammate had passed away. They were paying their respects to the body before it is moved to the morgue.
This is getting too rampant, FIFA should look into this.