Saturday, 14 April 2012
Piermario Morosini RIP
The day after Fabrice Muamba collapsed with heart related issues, a Third Division Spanish player Sergio Granero also collapsed from a heart attack during a match.
Now less than a month later Piermario Morosini has died of a multiple heart attack playing for Livorno.
The ages of these players 24, 21 and 25.
The Economist: "It [erythropoietin] can be used to boost the number of these [red blood] cells in anaemic patients to healthy levels. But WADA officials knew that because red blood cells carry oxygen to muscles, having more of them increases endurance. The side-effect of thicker blood, though, is increased risk of cells clogging blood vessels, which can cause a stroke or heart failure - a chance many dopers would be willing to take in return for superior performance."
Muamba's collapse was during a critical FA Cup Quarter Final while Granero's team are challenging for promotion and the Pescara/Livorno match in which Morosini died was important at both ends of the table.
The players below have all died on the field of play/ training ground due to heart failure in the last 3 seasons - Daniel Jarque (Espanyol), Maurizio Greco (Guldenstern Stade), Endurance Idahor (Al-Merreikh), Batholomew Opoku (Kessben FC), Goran Tunjic (Mladost FC), Ambrose Wleh (Invincible Eleven), Wilson Mene (Prek Pra Keila), Lokissimbaye Loko (FC Beaumontois), Naoki Matsuda (Matsumoto Yamaga), Bobsam Elejiko (Merksem SC), D Venkatesh (Bangalore Mars) and now Morosini.
Is the complete absence of any robust testing regime leading to risks being taken and lives lost?
Piermario Morosini RIP.
Posted by Ojo del Toro at 16:52