Soccer-Algerian footballer dies of on-field heart attack

by Reuters
Saturday, 25 December 2021 18:31 GMT

ALGIERS, Dec 25 (Reuters) - An Algerian footballer, Sofiane Loukar, suffered a heart attack and died after colliding with his goalkeeper in a second division match in Oran on Saturday, a local news outlet reported.

The APS agency said 28-year-old Loukar, from Mouloudia Saida, was hurt after running into his goalkeeper mid-way through the first half of their Ligue 2 clash at ASM Oran.

He resumed playing after treatment but then collapsed some 10 minutes later, the agency reported.

Loukar was rushed to hospital but died of a heart attack on his way, APS said. When news of his death was broken to the two teams, they abandoned the match. (Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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