Italian footballer dies on pitch

Piermario Morosini collapsed during Livorno's game with Pescara

Hospital officials say Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini has died after suffering cardiac arrest during a Serie B match at Pescara. He was 25.

Edoardo De Blasio, a cardiologist at Pescara’s Santo Spirito hospital in Italy, confirmed the death Saturday. He says “unfortunately he was already dead when he arrived at hospital. He didn’t regain consciousness.”

Morosini, who was on loan from Udinese, fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match. A defibrillator was used on the player.

The match was called off and some players left the field in tears.


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