Football has been struck by another tragedy, as Argentine regional league player Micael Favre has passed away after receiving two apparent blows to the head in a match on Sunday.
The 24-year-old was playing for San Jorge against Defensores in the Liga Departamental de Colon when he died.
There appeared to be little unusual when the player dribbled the ball out towards the left touchline, but when he stumbled and fell to the ground, he was unintentionally caught in the face by an opponent’s knee. When he got up to argue with his rival, another player from the opposing team ran passed and seemed to strike him. Favre fell to the ground, but failed to return to his feet after he tried to get up.
Medical staff were quickly alerted to his condition, but in the ambulance to the nearby Hospital San Roque he started to have seizures and doctors were unable to do anything to save his life.
The cause of the player’s death will be determined by the courts, who will study video footage on Monday and will speak to eyewitnesses of the events.
Argentina’s Football Association (AFA) released a statement of condolence that read: “The AFA wishes to express its deep sorrow of the death of Micael Favre, Club San Jorge player, which occurred when his team were playing in the Liga Departamental de Colon, at Defensores.