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Persela Lamongan goalkeeper Choirul Huda dies after collision with teammate

16 October 2017
Persela Lamongan goalkeeper Choirul Huda dies after collision with teammate

Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda has died after a collision with a teammate during a national league match.

Persela Lamongan player Huda violently collided with his teammate Ramon Rodrigues and onrushing Semen Padang player Marcel Sacramento shortly before half-time.

Huda was rushed to a nearby hospital in an ambulance after being carried off the field on a stretcher.

The goalkeeper rushed off his line to smother an attacking move from the opposition, but was unable to avoid his defender who was rushing back to clear his lines.

The club confirmed his death a short time later.

It also thanked him for his dedication to Persela, the entire Lamongan area and to Indonesian football.

He told reporters: "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", Santoso added.

The club paid tribute to the sporting legend on Twitter following news of his death.

According to a doctor's statement on the club's website, an initial analysis suggested that there was a possibility Huda suffered head and neck trauma.

The impact of the collision appears to have been to his head.