Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field during a Serie B match at Pescara.
The 25-year-old player is the latest in a series of recent on-field futbol tragedies. Indian player D. Venkatesh died on the field last month while Fabrice Muamba famously faced a life-threatening moment as well.
Morosini fell to the ground in the first half and attempted unsuccessfully to get up. He was pronounced dead upon reaching the hospital.
The match was suspended with Livorno leading 2-0.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter tweeted (in Italian):
“Only tears. There are no words to express what I tried to when I found out about Piermario Morosini’s death. The tragedy which hit everyone who wished him well, is a source of great pain for football fans.”