Argentina footballer dies after collision with concrete wall

21-year-old footballer in Argentina's fifth tier dead after suffering horrific head injury after collision with concrete wall...

Argentina footballer dies after collision with concrete wall

Argentina: A 21-year-old professional soccer player in Argentina has died after fracturing his skull more than a week ago in a fourth-division match. Emanuel Ortega was playing for San Martin de Burzaco in a match on May 3 when he was pushed by an opponent and struck his head on a concrete pillar used to anchor a fence.

The death was announced Thursday by the Argentine Football Association, which said it would cancel all fourth-division matches this weekend as a tribute to Ortega. AFA President Luis Segura says “this is the least we can do,” adding the death produced “much sadness and consternation” in the Argentine game.

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