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Italian Footballer Dies Following on-Field Heart Attack

Mon 15 Apr 2024 | 09:36 PM
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Italian player Mattia Giani, a 26-year-old footballer for Castelfiorentino in Eccellenza, died in Florence after suffering a heart attack during his team's game on Sunday, on the anniversary of Piermario Morosini’s passing.

Castelfiorentino Mayor Alessio Falorni confirmed the tragic news on Monday, adding that 26-year-old footballer died at the Careggi hospital in Florence, a day after suffering a heart attack during the game between his team and Lanciotto Campi.

The incident happened at the Stadio Comunale Lanciotto Ballerini in Campi Bisenzio after the beginning of the game with 15 minutes. 

Giani collapsed after taking a shot on target, in a game where his parents were watching from the stands.

Sky TG 24 reports the 26-year-old Italian footballer had a cardiac arrest followed by a seizure. 

Doctors immediately rushed to the field to give Giani a cardiac massage and the player was intubated and taken to Careggi hospital.