Italian soccer player dies during match

Medics treat Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini (on ground) after he suffered a suspected heart...

Medics treat Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini (on ground) after he suffered a suspected heart attack during a second league match against Pescara on April 14, 2012 in Italy. (AFP PHOTO/Luciano Pieranunzi)

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, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini died Saturday of cardiac arrest during a Serie B match at Pescara, Italy. He was 25.

Morosini, who was on loan from Udinese, fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and could not get up, according to ESPN.com.

He was conscious while being taken off the field on a stretcher after a defibrillator was used on him.

However, Morosini was confirmed dead by a cardiologist before arriving at Pescara’s Santo Spirito hospital.

All Italian matches were cancelled for the rest of the weekend.

Livorno’s match was stopped with a 2-0 lead. Some of the players left the field crying. Morosini’s teammates and team officials immediately went to the hospital and were informed of his death.

In March, Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba sustained cardiac arrest during a game in England. His heart stopped for 78 minutes before he was resuscitated. He is in intensive care.


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