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MILAN (AP) - Livorno players and fans gathered at the team’s stadium Sunday to pay their respects, a day after midfielder Piermario Morosini collapsed and died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a Serie B match at Pescara.
The 25-year-old Morosini, who was on loan from Serie A side Udinese, collapsed in the 31st minute of the match on Saturday and tried unsuccessfully to get up several times before receiving medical attention on the field.
A defibrillator was used on the player, who also had his heart massaged, before an ambulance arrived on the field to take him to a hospital where doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive him for about 90 minutes.
Morosini’s former teammates were in tears as they hugged each other and fans before placing a pennant on the gate. Livorno reserve goalkeeper Luca Mazzoni also revealed that Morosini’s last words were, “Come on guys, let’s get a result.”
Morosini’s body will be brought back to Livorno for fans to pay their final respects before a funeral in his hometown of Bergamo.
An autopsy will be carried out Monday, and may reveal whether a delay in the ambulance getting to Morosini could have contributed to his death.
A car belonging to traffic police blocked the ambulance’s way into the stadium, creating the delay. A window had to be broken so the car could be moved, while players and officials were frantically gesturing for the ambulance to get there as quickly as possible.
“Tomorrow morning I will have the results of the internal investigation,” Pescara mayor Luigi Albore Mascia said. “We will be impartial and unbending, the great flippancy of the person who left the car there is obvious.
“However, I don’t want any shortcuts to be taken or that they blame this for a delay in help arriving, which there wasn’t. I know that in everyone’s mind the ambulance is the fastest thing that should arrive, but yesterday the first aid was that on the pitch and it was there. In this case, the ambulance was just a mode of transport.”
Italian news agency ANSA reported that stewards at the stadium had told the police not to park their cars in the area and Pescara’s chief of police, Carlo Maggitti, confirmed there were another two cars moved immediately before the incident.
Minutes of silence were obvserved at matches in Spain and England.
“He was a great lad, really a golden boy. This makes me think about so many things in my life. It teaches me to appreciate life, to respect it, to live it with prudence and dignity.”
Meanwhile, Livorno President Aldo Spinelli is considering setting up a life annuity for the player’s sister.
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