Tuesday, August 28, 2007

R.I.P

Update: Antonio Puerta was pronounced dead today, three days after suffering a heart attack. There is no word on whether an autopsy will be performed.

In the last 48 hours it has been revealed that Sevilla at least knew that he had some kind of serious physical condition. In an interview on Brazilian radio, teammate Luis Fabiano said that Puerta had "fainted" twice before - once in a friendly match and once in training. Sid Lowe, speaking on the Guardian podcast yesterday said that Puerta himself - in his brief moments of lucidity between his revival on the pitch and his subsequent second (and permanent) collapse in the dressing room - was heard muttering about the return of "that illness".

If true, it is quite possible that Sevilla may face severe penalties from the Spanish FA for knowing allowing him to play with a serious medical condition.

2 Comments:

Blogger Linda said...

From what I've read, an autopsy will/has already been done.

As for penalties, forgive my cynicism, but this is Spanish football. I doubt anything will come of it. (It's not bitterness speaking either, as I quite like Sevilla and freely admit that my own club have gotten away with more than they should have for years.)

6:52 AM  
Blogger Antonio G said...

Linda, I bow to your superior knowledge of Spanish football (everyone go read Linda's blog!). But if the Brazilian FA (not exactly a paradigm of rectitude) can extract a 24-point penalty on Sao Caetanho over the death of Serginho, doesn't something similar need to be examined here, too?

Y, yo soy sevillista - I'm not suggesting this out of malice, either...

10:03 AM  

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