A 25-year-old goalkeeper died suddenly during a football match in West Flanders, Belgium on Saturday evening.
Winkel Sport B goalkeeper Arne Espil died on the spot after stopping a penalty kick in the second half of the match.
According to a local news outlet VRT, the young Sint-Louis-Winkel goalkeeper saved the penalty kick, but then collapsed.
“The ball was still in play,” Winkel Sport B assistant coach Stephan Dwerchin said. “Our goalkeeper got up as quickly as possible to get the ball, but then he fell. It was really terrible to see.”
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The game is stopped immediately,
Emergency services rushed to the site and tried to revive the 25-year-old goalkeeper for half an hour.
Espil was then rushed to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
“After the incident the players all showered together and then we sat down in the canteen,” Dwerchin said. “When the news came that our goalkeeper had passed away, what an unusually hard blow. I think some players still don’t understand exactly what happened.”
The cause of death is yet to be revealed. An autopsy will be performed on Monday, according to VRT.
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