Juventus’ nine-year-old goalkeeper Tommaso Cerase dies in freak accident
According to media reports, the frame of the goalpost had fallen on Tommaso Cerase, the young Juventus goalkeeper, who died in a hospital laterfootball Updated: Sep 21, 2017 11:57 IST
In a tragic turn of events, Juventus’ (junior team) nine-year-old goalkeeper Tommaso Cerase died after a goalpost frame fell on him, crushing him to death, last Saturday.
According to media reports, concerned authorities are currently investigating the nature of death and reasons why the goal frame fell on the youngster. Cerase was with the training camp in New York where the incident took place.
What’s worse is that Cerase’s mother Barbara Ricardi was present at the time of the freak accident.
“Today our dearest son Tommaso passed away in an unfortunate accident at his soccer practice,” the family said in a statement read by a close friend outside their home on the weekend.
According to The Sun, Tommaso Cerase didn’t immediately die on the field but at the Roosevelt Hospital where he was rushed immediately after the freak accident.
While there have been several incidents of footballers dying or getting injured on the field, with goalkeepers often crashing into the woodwork trying to fend off a ball, not too many reports lead to deaths where the frame of the goal has been the reason.
Thus, despite Juventus’ staggering form in the Serie A, where they are second on the table with 15 points from five matches, the tragic news will be a difficult phase to overcome.
First Published: Sep 21, 2017 11:40 IST