Argentinian defender Cristian Gomez dies after collapsing on the pitch
Last Updated: 25/05/15 10:11am
Argentinian defender Cristian Gomez has died after collapsing during a game for his club Atletico Parana on Sunday.
The 27-year-old fell unconscious 30 minutes into the Primera B match against Boca Unidos and was rushed to hospital, where he was dead on arrival.
"We tried to revive him and he died on the way to hospital," said Miguel Darre, doctor of home side Boca Unidos.
When Gomez collapsed, team-mates and opponents immediately took off their shirts to fan him and cried for help.
"The doctors told us they couldn't resuscitate him. This is totally unexpected, unbelievable. He'd never had anything wrong with him," said match supervisor Ramon Gomez.
Matches in Argentina had only just resumed this weekend after the death of Emanuel Ortega on May 14.
San Martin de Burzaco defender Ortega, 21, died in hospital after failing to come out of a coma following injuries when he hit his head on a concrete wall surrounding the pitch.
In April, Lokeren defender Gregory Mertens died following a cardiac arrest.