The Football Association, FA has mourned a young footballer who collapsed and died while playing for his club side.
The incident is said to have happened last Thursday evening.
The deceased, Dylan Rich was playing for his team, West Bridgford Colts against Boston United during the evening hour of the day when he suddenly slumped, Naija News understands.
Tests reportedly carried out on Rich revealed he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest and was treated with a defibrillator before he later gave up the ghost.
With great expression of sadness in a statement following the incident, West Bridgford Colts wrote: “It is with great sadness that, following the events of Thursday evening, we have to announce the tragic passing of Dylan Rich.
“This news has left everyone involved with our club devastated and heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Mike and Anna, his sister Lucy and Dylan’s family, friends and teammates.
“The club would like to thank everyone within the Colts and wider football community for the hundreds of heartfelt messages and thoughts that we have received over the past few days.
“The club will provide all the support it can to those players and club officials impacted by this tragic event, but for now there are no further words possible, and we ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”
Naija News understands Emergency services were called out to the Regatta Way Sports Ground after the player started showing unwellness. The development leads to the immediate suspension of the match.
Sympathizing with the family of the deceased, the FA said, “We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and everybody at the club at this very difficult time.
“We would like to recognize the courageous response of all those who reacted quickly to the situation at the FA Youth Cup fixture on Thursday evening and we thank the emergency services for their efforts.
“We ask that the privacy of both his family and the club is respected at this time.”
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