Football: Indonesian fans mourn death of goalkeeper, 38, in collision with teammate

Choirul Huda, 38, collapsed towards the end of the first-half in a Liga 1 game against Semen Padang after colliding with team-mate Ramon Rodrigues and Padang forward Marcel Sacramento.
Choirul Huda, 38, collapsed towards the end of the first-half in a Liga 1 game against Semen Padang after colliding with team-mate Ramon Rodrigues and Padang forward Marcel Sacramento. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/PERSELA FOOTBALL

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesian football fans are mourning the death of Choirul Huda, the long-term goalkeeper and captain of top-flight side Persela Lamongan FC following a collision with a teammate during a weekend match at their stadium in East Java.

Video footage showed Huda slamming into team-mate Ramon Rodrigues in the 43rd minute of Sunday’s Liga 1 game.

Rodrigues’ knee had accidentally collided with Huda’s chest in the incident, said the club’s media officer Andika Hangga Pramana.

The 38-year-old was taken off the pitch on a stretcher after losing consciousness and a medical team at the stadium attempted to resuscitate him, said Dr Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, head of the emergency Care Unit at the Soegiri Hospital, Lamongan.

Huda was taken to the hospital’s intensive care unit and given breathing assistance and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but his condition deteriorated and he was pronounced dead at 4.45 pm, Nugroho said a statement.

“We did all we could to restore the vital functions of Choirul Huda’s organs,” the doctor said.

His fellow players had gone to straight to the hospital after the final whistle following their 2-0 win over Semen Padang and supporters later went to his house with candles, according to local media reports.

On their official Twitter page, Persela carried “farewell cap” above a photo of Huda.

According to the team’s Instagram page, the club will retire the No. 1 jersey worn by Huda.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.