08.28.07

Sevilla’s Puerta, Dead At 22

Posted in Football at 3:41 pm by

From the Telegraph’s Mark Elkington and Simon Baskett :

Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta, one of Spain’s most promising young players, died on Tuesday, three days after collapsing during a La Liga contest.

The 22-year-old Spanish international had been in a critical condition in the Virgen del Rocio hospital in Seville since suffering a heart attack on Saturday.

Sevilla said that Puerta’s body would be taken to the club’s Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, where fans could pay their respects, and that he would be buried tomorrow.

Puerta collapsed after jogging back towards his own goal 35 minutes into the game against Getafe.

Team-mates and medical staff prevented him from swallowing his tongue and he was able to walk from the pitch.

However, he collapsed again in the changing rooms and had to be resuscitated before being taken to hospital.

Sevilla’s Champions League Qualifier against AEK Athens, scheduled to kick off just a few hours ago, has been postponed. Friday’s European Super Cup match with AC Milan will take place as scheduled.

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