A 27-year-old Argentine footballer died of a heart attack
during a match with his team, Laferrere, in the fourth category of Argentine
football, Argentine media reported Wednesday.
Striker Hector Sanabria collapsed to the ground in the 29th minute of the match late Tuesday against Lamadrid. He had not taken any blows or been involved in clashes with other players previously, and he died shortly afterwards.
"He first held his knees and stooped down. He looked tired. Then he let himself fall to the ground, backwards. Lamadrid keeper Nahuel Valina started to shout to call for medical assistance," Laferrere spokesman Gustavo Diaz told the Argentine daily Clarin.
"That is when we realized that it might be something serious. As Valina told us later, he saw Hector have a seizure and that's why he grew desperate," Diaz was quoted as saying.
The player had a heart attack as he was being taken to the nearest hospital in the south-western suburbs of Buenos Aires in an ambulance. All efforts to revive him were in vain.
The match was abandoned when news of his death were known.
Sanabria's whole family was at the stadium at the time, because he was set to turn 28 Thursday and they were preparing a party.
The Argentine sports daily Ole reported that the player had no pre-existing health problems and had been playing well.
"It's a huge tragedy. He was a healthy lad, we are all devastated," Laferrere club president Carlos Esposito said.
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