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Footballer dies in match collapse

A young non-league footballer has died after collapsing part-way through a pre-season friendly, his club has announced.

Junior Dian, 23, fell to the ground during the second half as he played for Kent-based Tonbridge Angels at Whyteleafe FC in Surrey last night.

Efforts were made to revive him by two physios who were at the scene, along with two paramedics who attended the ground.

The player, who was a trialist at Tonbridge Angels, was transferred to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, where he was declared dead early this morning.

Tonbridge Angels chairman Steve Churcher said today: "This is devastating news and our only crumb of comfort is that Junior lost his life doing something he obviously enjoyed so much.

"All our thoughts and sympathies are with his family. Also, I would like to thank everyone at Whyteleafe FC for their support and professionalism during this very distressing incident yesterday evening."

Messages of condolence poured in on Twitter for the player.

One said: "2 days ago we was together enjoying life and now you're gone, see me grow up from a lil kid to now R.I.P Junior Dian."

Another said: "Never want to hear news like that R.I.P Junior Dian. My thoughts are prayers go out to his family."


From Belfast Telegraph