Livorno midfielder Morosini dies during Serie B game after collapsing on the pitch
Livorno midfielder Morosini dies during MatchThis is just too sad.. Just last month Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at Tottenham's White Hart Lane, luckily he survived, unfortunately Morosini did not.
Former Italy Under 21 and Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini has died in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during his team's Serie B match at Pescara.
The 25-year-old collapsed in the 31st minute and received treatment on the pitch - reportedly including a heart massage in a bid to resuscitate him - before being rushed to hospital. The match was abandoned and the players left the field in tears.
Lega Serie B then confirmed on their website: 'Tragedy on the field. After suffering a cardiac arrest during the match between Pescara and Livorno, Piermario Morosini has died.
Scare: Piermario Morosini collapsed during Livorno's game with Pescara
All matches in Italy this weekend have been called off as a result.
The Lega Serie A said in a statement on their website: 'The football world mourns the tragedy that occurred this afternoon in Pescara, where during the game between the hosts and Livorno, the player Piermario Morosini slumped to the ground suffering from a heart attack.
'Transported to the hospital, the young midfielder was put into an induced coma, but died at around 1700. The FIGC has suspended, in memory of Piermario, all games scheduled over the weekend.'
The ambulance came onto the field in Pescara to take Morosini away, with both sets of players standing by in distress.
The tragedy comes four weeks after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during his team's FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham.
The former England Under 21 international was given extensive treatment on the field before being carried off on a stretcher and rushed to the London Chest Hospital.
It took 78 minutes for Muamba's heart to start working on its own again, but he has made incredible progress since.
The Muamba incident invoked memories for many of Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe, who collapsed during a Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in 2003 and died in hospital.
There have been two similar tragedies with players suffering heart attacks on the pitch in Spain in recent years - Sevilla's Antonio Puerta in 2007 and Espanyol's Dani Jarque in 2009 - while Motherwell's Phil O'Donnell died after suffering a cardiac arrest against Dundee United in 2007.
Roberto Baronio, a former team-mate of Morosini at Udinese, expressed his disbelief to Italy's Sky Sport 24 at the death of his friend.
Treatment: Medics attended to Morosini on the pitch for several minutes
'When I was at Udinese, he was just coming through the youth ranks and he made his debut that year against AC Milan. You could see he was a hot prospect.'
Baronio believes that, given the number of tests professional footballers are subjected to, the tragedy could not have been avoided.
'I think it is just destiny,' he said. 'It is not down to the lack of (health) checks because we have so many check-ups and tests nowadays.
'It could happen to anybody. What surprises me is that it happens to a professional footballer. Last year, we had the number of tests increased - every two months we have them.
'How can this happen? Like (Fabrice) Muamba. We cannot understand why. It is destiny which has taken him away.'
'Piermario has played in many different clubs and I think there are lots of his former team-mates who are in mourning,' he said.
'I played in Udine with him and I think there is no chance people can play tomorrow serenely. It would not be right to play and would have seriously affected many players.'
Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo was understandably shocked and saddened by the news, and said his club's players would have been in no fit state of mind to contest the scheduled Serie A game against Inter Milan.
Speaking at a press conference in Udine, he said: 'It is one of the saddest days in my career in football. I cannot remember a tragedy like this in my 26 years in the game.