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Player dies in second-division match

25 May 2015, 07:52

Buenos Aires, Argentina — Cristian Gomez, a player with Argentine club Atletico Parana, died on Sunday after collapsing during a second-division match.

The Argentine Football Association match supervisor for the game, Ramon Gomez, said the 27-year-old defender collapsed on the field in the first half of the match against Boca Unidos. The official said the player was taken to General San Martin hospital in the city of Corrientes, where doctors were unable to revive him.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

Alfredo Schweitzer, the president of Boca Unidos, confirmed the death but offered no details.

"We are awaiting the medical report," he said.

Boca Unidos player Jose Vizcarra said Gomez seemed to die almost instantly.

"When they took him off the field, it seemed he had already died," Vizcarra said.

The defender is the second player to die in just under two weeks in Argentina. Emanuel Ortega, a player for fourth-division team San Martin de Burzaco, died after hitting his head on a post used to support fencing at the stadium.

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