Swedish footballer dies of suspected heart attack on pitch after scoring goal
Stockholm: A striker for Sweden’s fourth-tier football league collapsed and died of a suspected cardiac arrest on the pitch just minutes after scoring a goal.
In an echo of Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba, who had suffered a mid-match heart attack in March, Victor Brannstrom was jogging back to his team’s half of the pitch when he fell to the ground in front of his shocked fans.
The 29-year-old had just scored a goal for his team, Pitea IF, 1-0, against Umedalen.
The match was abandoned as medics tried to revive Brannstrom on the pitch as they waited for an ambulance.
Brannstrom was, however, declared dead shortly after arriving at hospital.
The cause of death was not immediately clear.
According to the report, Christer Berglund, Pitea IF spokesman, said: “He was totally unmarked and was jogging back when he just collapsed”, adding: “People ran out to him right away and within 20 seconds I``d called for an ambulance”.
“We can``t undo what``s been done. He was a healthy and damn nice guy with a wife and two kids. It``s horrible and traumatic,”.