Belgian goalkeeper Arne Espeel has died aged 25 after reportedly collapsing following a penalty save throughout a match on Saturday.
Espeel had performed for Winkel Sport B which performs within the second provincial division of West Brabant in Belgium.
According to stories in Belgian media, together with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, Winkel Sport B was 2-1 forward in opposition to Westrozebeke on the workforce’s dwelling floor in Sint-Eloois-Winkel within the Belgian province of West Flanders when within the second half, the opposition was awarded a penalty.
Espeel saved the spot-kick, reportedly celebrating excitedly earlier than collapsing instantly afterwards, stories Het Nieuwsblad.
Emergency providers rushed onto the pitch to attempt to help Espeel utilizing a defibrillator, however he was pronounced lifeless shortly after.
According to Reuters, an post-mortem was scheduled for Monday night to find out the reason for Espeel’s dying. The outcomes haven’t been launched.
Belgian media reported that Espeel’s youthful brother Aaron was on the bench for the sport.
Winkel Sport paid tribute to Espeel in an announcement.
“Winkel Sport is in deep mourning due to the sudden death of Arne Espeel goalkeeper Winkel Sport B,” it mentioned.
“We wish Arne’s family and friends our sincere deepest sympathy in this great loss. Football is an afterthought for now.”
More than 1,000 individuals paid tribute to Espeel in a memorial for the goalkeeper on Monday night.
“This is a disaster and a shock to everyone,” Winkel supervisor Patrick Rotsaert advised Het Nieuwsblad.
“Arne had been with the club all his life and was very loved. He was a wonderfully sympathetic boy, always in a good mood and ready to help. This is really a heavy blow. First of all for his family and also our entire club.”
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