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Tragedy in English football

Tragedy in English football

Tragedy in English football

English non-league football club West Bridgford Colts have confirmed their 17-year-old player Dylan Rich has passed away after he suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Youth Cup game last Thursday.

The teenager collapsed during the game and while attempts to revive him on the pitch appeared to be successful, he suffered a second cardiac arrest in the ambulance on the way to hospital.

East Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed they received a call at 19:50 BST on Thursday, with the youngster treated with a defibrillator at the ground before paramedics arrived, and he was then taken to the Queen's Medical Centre.

English football has united to send messages of support to the club and his family, with this statement confirming the tragic news:

"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 & Anna, his sister Lucy & 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."

Tim Peacock, head master of Dylan's school The West Bridgford said: "We are a school in mourning. We have a lost a wonderful, much-loved, talented member of our community. This loss will be felt deeply by many people.

"At the moment our focus is on supporting his family, friends, classmates and teachers through this difficult time."

High profile footballers and governing bodies have been promoting the introduction of defibrillators at grounds following the collapse of Denmark star Christian Eriksen at the Euro 2020 finals in June.

Now this tragedy will see renewed calls for matches at all levels to have potentially life saving equipment on site to give all athletes the best chance to survive if they are struck down like young Dylan.

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