Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini has died after collapsing in the 31st minute during the club’s Serie B match with Pescara. Medics used a defibrillator on the pitch. He suffered a heart attack in the ambulance and died before reaching the hospital. The 25-year-old Italian was on loan from Udinese.
The match was called off. All Italian matches this weekend have been suspended.
According to Italian media reports, the ambulance was impeded on its way to the pitch by a parked police car.
A car belonging to traffic police blocked the ambulance’s way into the stadium and a window had to be broken so the car could be moved.
“I don’t know if the ambulance was late, but I know that the entrance onto the pitch was blocked by a vehicle,” Iannascoli said. “Morosini collapsed, he tried to get back up but then collapsed again.”
Morosini’s collapse is similar to the cardiac arrest suffered by Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba in March.
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