Cameroon and Dinamo Bucharest footballer Patrick Ekeng passed away on the football pitch after he collapsed during a Romanian League match on Friday. Despite resuscitating the player for over two hours, the doctors were unable to save the 26-year-old midfielder. The cause of his death is yet unknown.
However, death on the football field in this day and age, especially in a European country has raised doubts within the footballing fraternity regarding the system in which the sport operates. Many are questioning the motive of not sending an ambulance properly equipped with emergency apparatus in the match. The doctors on the pitch are also being questioned who failed to identify the seriousness of the situation and took a long time before going in for the treatment.
Romanian League side Dinamo was leading Viitorul Constanta 3-2 in the match when Ekeng fell to the ground. It was the 69th minute of the match and the Cameroonian came in as a substitute just seven minutes earlier, as reported by dailymail.co.uk.
Ekeng stumbled for a moment in the center of the pitch before succumbing to the ground. Players of both the teams rushed to his aid as the footballer laid motionless on the ground.
“Dinamo tonight lost footballer Claude Patrick Ekeng Ekeng forever. On behalf of all of Dinamo, sincere condolences to the bereaved family. God rest his soul.” Dinamo Bucharest’s official Facebook page wrote.
A local media outlet reported that Ekeng suffered a heart attack which caused his collapse. He was quickly taken to the hospital near the stadium, where dozens of fans gathered outside. Players and staff were seen crying as a few of them went to the hospital.
Ekeng played for Swiss club Lausanne, Spanish club Cordoba and French club Le Mans before moving to Dinamo in 2016. He made seven appearances for the club in the league.
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