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Another footballer dies; Italian league games put off

sports Updated: Apr 15, 2012 01:54 IST
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Italian football federation

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Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini has died after suffering cardiac arrest during his team's Serie B match at Pescara on Saturday.

All Italian football league matches this weekend have now been suspended as a mark of respect. Morosini, 25, was given urgent medical attention on the pitch after collapsing after 31 minutes of the match. A defibrillator was also used before Morosini was rushed to Pescara's Santo Spirito hospital.

The Associated Press reported that the player was conscious when he was stretchered off the pitch but was put into a medically induced coma at the hospital. Italian news agency Ansa reported that Morosini suffered a heart attack in the ambulance.

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