Football Association Mourns As Young Footballer Dies During Match

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The Football Association, FA has bewailed a young footballer by the name Dylan Rich who collapsed and died while playing for his club side. The 17-year-old boy suffered a suspected cardiac arrest while playing for West Bridgford Colts against Boston United in an FA Youth Cup game on 2 September.

He was treated with a defibrillator at the West Bridgford Colts ground, before paramedics arrived and he was transported to the Queen’s Medical Centre by ambulance.

Dylan reportedly went into cardiac arrest again in the ambulance and died three days later, on Sunday 5 September.

West Bridgford Colts wrote on social media to condoled with the family of the deceased:

It is with great sadness that, following the events of Thursday evening, we have to announce the tragic passing of Dylan Rich.

“This news has left everyone involved with our club devastated and heartbroken.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Mike and Anna, his sister Lucy and Dylan’s family, friends and teammates.

“The club would like to thank everyone within the Colts and wider football community for the hundreds of heartfelt messages and thoughts that we have received over the past few days.

“The club will provide all the support it can to those players and club officials impacted by this tragic event, but for now there are no further words possible, and we ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”

Commiserating with the family of the late player, the Football Association said, “We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and everybody at the club at this very difficult time.

“We would like to recognize the courageous response of all those who reacted quickly to the situation at the FA Youth Cup fixture on Thursday evening and we thank the emergency services for their efforts.

“We ask that the privacy of both his family and the club is respected at this time”.

Meanwhile, the death of the player has led to immediate suspension of the match.

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