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Hospital officials in Italy have said a footballer who collapsed on the pitch today has died after a cardiac arrest.

The Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini was playing against Pescara in a Serie B game when he fell to the ground.

Witnesses have said Morosini, 25, tried to get back up but then collapsed again.

A doctor told Italian media: "He suffered a cardiac arrest. Unfortunately he was already dead when the ambulance arrived. He never regained consciousness."

There have been reports that a police car had blocked the ambulance's way into the stadium, delaying the arrival of paramedics and specialist equipment.

The match was abandoned after 31 minutes with other players in tears.

And the Italian federation has called off all league games for the rest of the weekend.

Morosini was capped as an under-21 player and on loan to Livorno from Serie A side Udinese.

The incident comes just weeks after Bolton Wanderers' player Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the field in a live televised game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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A truly tragic incident this, really puts things into perspective.

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RIP Morosini.

Very sad and a wierd coincidence this happening so soon after Muamba. I'd never heard of this happening in football before these incidents.

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Surely this has to highlight the fact that all players pre contract medicals should be more stringentand not just at "injuries" but the whole pysical being. RIP

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Surely this has to highlight the fact that all players pre contract medicals should be more stringentand not just at "injuries" but the whole pysical being. RIP

I think they do... The problem is you cannot predict when someone is going to have a heart attack. It could happen to a broad range of fitness levels. Could happen to anyone!

Such sad news.

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RIP TO THE LAD

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Gawd .. have they never heard of CPR while the ambulance could get there?

He's have been Ok if it had been in the country.

what a waste!

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OMG.

Did you see the Referee?

He didn't even look, a player behind him was shouting at him but he never turned round and let play carry on.

Terrible.

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So sad that he repeatedly tries to get up.

RIP

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Horrible, horrible news. I don't care about our position in the league at the moment. This is a tragedy.

RIP

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jesus.... what happened?

Heart attack has this been confirmed?

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Gawd .. have they never heard of CPR while the ambulance could get there?

He's have been Ok if it had been in the country.

what a waste!

I think thats very harsh - the vast majority of people who receive CPR sadly don't make it back and they die - as would probably have been the case with Muamba if he wasn't such a high profile incident with such specialist services a few seconds away - probably would have been an entirely different outcome if this had happened outside the premier in this country.

Such a tragic waste of a young life - thoughts with those affected by this - his family and friends

RIP Piermario Morosini

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That video is grim viewing. Just shows how fortunate Fabrice Muamba was.

Terrible news and my sympathy is with all those touched by it.

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Tragic and very sad.

Thoughts with his family.

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I think thats very harsh - the vast majority of people who receive CPR sadly don't make it back and they die - as would probably have been the case with Muamba if he wasn't such a high profile incident with such specialist services a few seconds away - probably would have been an entirely different outcome if this had happened outside the premier in this country.

Such a tragic waste of a young life - thoughts with those affected by this - his family and friends

RIP Piermario Morosini

This is so true.

However, I had a cardiac arrest in 2003. If it hadn't been for the quick thinking of my friends giving me CPR & mouth to mouth then I wouldn't be here now.

They kept going for 30 mins until paramedics arrived. Only a difib shock can get your heart going again but if you can keep circulation going until the shock arrives then you have half a chance.

My point is that you dont have to wait for a ref to stop a stupid football match to save someones life. If you know what to do just get stuck in an do it, you cant make it any worse.

More education about these things is desparately needed.

By the way, I was in France when it happened to me.

RIP Piermario Morosini

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Guys, for any of you on facebook or twitter.

Search for the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) organisation - a charity pushing for all sportsmen to be screened regularly from the age of 16 upwards and more thorough checks to be carried out.

Please follow/join the group if you have been touched by the media craze and sudden rise in cardiac incidents in football because the legislation they want bringing in is fitting to help protect those vulnerable to heart defects by identifying them early.

No membership is required. Simply by following or joining the group you can follow their progress and add to the numbers of support they desperatley need to make a difference

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I've had 2 heart attacks, including 22 cardiac arrests during the 1st one........always makes me sad when i see others who didnt survive, and of course extremely lucky that i did !!

RIP young man

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