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    Gregory Mertens: Ex-Belgium U21 player dies after collapse


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    "Belgian footballer Gregory Mertens has died of heart failure, three days after collapsing during a match.

    The 24-year-old Lokeren defender was treated on the pitch during the first half of Monday's reserve-team game with Genk but did not recover after time in hospital on a life-support machine.

    A club statement said: "The medical staff have done everything to save Gregory, but they finally had to acknowledge their impotence.




    "Gregory passed away at around 16:30."

    The former Belgium Under-21 international's condition had worsened since he was taken to hospital in Genk, with doctors giving him little chance of survival.

    On Thursday his family agreed his life support should be switched off."

    Edit:" But he passed all pre-season health tests required by Europe's football governing body Uefa, and was judged to be one of the fittest players at his club"


    24 is no age at all, just goes to show that it can happen to any player at any time, RIP
    Last edited by TomandJerry; 30-04-2015 at 21:05.

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      Sad news.

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      That's very sad, RIP
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      It is of course very sad and tragic, but I do find it bizarre that this is making national news. It's unlikely that anyone in this country had have even heard of him.

      RIP obscure young Belgian footballer
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      Tim Nicot: Second Belgian player dies of cardiac arrest

      Lower-league footballer Tim Nicot has become the second Belgian player to die of cardiac arrest in the past two weeks.
      The 23-year-old left-back for fourth-tier Wilrijk-Beerschot was playing in a tournament in Hemiksem when he collapsed on Friday.
      He was placed in an induced coma and his club confirmed his death on Monday.
      In late April, Lokeren defender Gregory Mertens, 24, died after collapsing during a reserve game.
      A club statement said Nicot "fought like a bear" and was the "idol of our supporters".
      It described him as "always in a good mood, always making time for an umpteenth selfie with a fan".
      Three years ago Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, then 23, suffered a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup game with Tottenham. He was "in effect dead" for 78 minutes but survived, although he never played again.
      Nicot's team-mate Wesley Snoeys said: "So many questions. Always the same question comes up: why why why? You left us far too soon. I will never forget you. Forever in my heart."
      Jef Snyders, another Wilrijk-Beerschot player, added: "Football will never be the same anymore. Rest in peace mate."

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