Belfast Telegraph

Young footballer collapses and dies

A teenage footballer has died after collapsing on the pitch in Dublin.

The boy, who has not been officially named, played with Belvedere Football Club's under 16s squad.

The club said members were in shock at the death of a popular team-mate.

A statement said: " Belvedere Football Club is mourning the death of one of our U16 players who tragically collapsed while playing for the club today.

"While all of our members are in deep shock, our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this tragic time.

"We ask that the privacy of the family be respected as the club supports them in grieving their boy.

"The club will also support our U16 players, coaches and parents who are devastated at the loss of a very popular team-mate."

The schoolboys soccer club is among the most successful in the country.

Hundreds of sympathy messages have been expressed from across Ireland and beyond on its social media accounts.

Colin Ireland wrote on Facebook: "Deepest sympathies to his family, friends and all at Belvedere from all at Linfield FC youth academy."

Siobhan Durkin said; "Laytown United SFC would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his family friends and club mates. Such a tragedy for such a young lad. RIP"

A post from Letterkenny District Schoolboys League read: "So so sad. Prayers are offered for his family and friends."

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