Sunday, 15 April 2012
ITALIAN FOOTBALLER COLLAPSES AND DIES ON THE PITCH
Piermario Morosini collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest in the 31st minute of a Serie B match against Pescara.
Medics attempted to resuscitate the 25-year-old on the pitch, but 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, 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 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.