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Italian football player reported dead after suspected heart attack

Livorno midfielder collapsed to the pitch after only 31 minutes of Livorno’s league match at Pescara. The Italian league has responded by suspending this weekend’s remaining fixtures.

Piermario Morisini of Livorno receives emergency treatment
Piermario Morisini of Livorno receives emergency treatment
Image: Credit: asna.it

FORMER ITALIAN UNDER-21 player Piermario Morosini has reportedly passed away after collapsing during a Serie B match on Saturday afternoon.

Associated Press had announced that the midfielder is undergoing medical treatment after being stretchered from the pitch soon after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest.

However, Infrostrada Sports gave an update at 4.14pm on Saturday that the 25-year-old had died.

With Livorno 2-0 ahead, Morosini fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and received urgent medical attention on the pitch.

A defibrillator was also used on the player, currently on loan from Udinese.

Morosini was then rushed to Pescara’s Santo Spirito hospital. Italian news agency Ansa reported that Morosini suffered a heart attack in the ambulance.

Piermario Morosini of Livorno. (Credit: goal.com)

The match was abandoned, with many of the other players leaving the field in tears.

The incident occured less than three weeks after Bolton midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest against Tottenham Hotspur. Muamba has since been discharged from hospital after responding well to treatment.

Morosini played 19 times for the Italian U-21 side and had club spells at Bologna and Vicenza, where he scored his only league goal to date.

UPDATE: The Italian football league has postponed the remainder of the weekend’s fixtures.

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