Indonesian club Persela Lamongan has confirmed its goalkeeper Choirul Huda has died after a freak collision with a teammate.
During an Indonesian Liga 1 match on Sunday, the 38-year-old football veteran crashed into Persela Lamongan teammate Ramon Rodrigues and Semen Padang opponent Marcel Sacramento.
Huda left his goalkeeping line in an attempt to clear the football when he collided with the two other players, according to football website Goal.com.
After the collision with Rodrigues and Sacramento, Huda lost consciousness.
He was treated on the pitch, given oxygen, and then stretchered off the field. He was then rushed to Dr Soegiri Lamongan General Hospital in nearby Lamongan. He was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.
Persela coach Aji Santoso confirmed the death after the match had ended, telling journalists: “All of the players finished the game and went to the hospital, where it was announced that Choirul Huda had died.
“The loss of Choirul Huda has hit us all hard. We did not have time to a see a doctor, only to see his body.”
Huda died because of the “possibility of head and neck” trauma.
Huda made his Persela debut in 1999 and was an ever-present player at the club throughout his entire football career.
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