Chris O (follow on Twitter: @COakleyFtbl)
Wed 29 August 2007

Antonio Puerta (1984 - 2007)

Some People Are On The Pitch were saddened to hear of the death of Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta yesterday.

Puerta, who made his debut for the Spanish national team last October, suffered a heart attack during the first half of his side's opening game of the season against Getafe on Saturday. Medics attended to the player and prevented him from swallowing his tongue but his recovery was brief as Puerta collapsed again in the changing room after the match. He was given cardiac resucitation and rushed to hospital, but an announcement on Tuesday confirmed that Puerta's condition had deteriorated and a further statement later in the day confirmed his death, caused by "multiple organ failure, stemming from prolonged cardiac arrest."

Sevilla's Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens last night was postponed until next Monday as a mark of respect and all La Liga matches next weekend will be preceeded by a minute's silence. Puerta's body is currently lying in state at Sevilla's stadium prior to the funeral which is due to take place later today.

Antonio Puerta is survived by his girlfriend, due to give birth to their first child in six weeks time.

Our sympathies and condolences go to his family and all those associated with him, particularly those at Sevilla Football Club.

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