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Football family 'heartbroken' after Shelbourne player dies during Under 16 match

A talented teenager has died while playing for Shelbourne FC in a Dublin and District Schoolboys League match.

Izzy Dezu took ill during the second half of the game against St Kevin’s Boys at Dublin's AUL Complex on Tuesday night and was given CPR by an off-duty firefighter before being rushed to Beaumont Hospital. He was pronounced dead soon after.

The Football Association of Ireland and several clubs have extended their sympathies to the family. The FAI also confirmed they will may tribute to Izzy next year.

Speaking about the tragic passing of the talented striker, John Delaney passed on his condolences and said that his memory would be honoured at the next Republic of Ireland international at the Aviva Stadium.

He said: "Everyone involved in Irish football is deeply saddened by the loss of Izzy Dezu at such a young age, particularly in these tragic circumstances. On behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Izzy's family, friends, team mates and his club, Shelbourne FC. We will pay a special tribute to Izzy at the next Senior Men’s home international at the Aviva Stadium in 2018."

Shelbourne FC tweeted on Wednesday morning: "We are heartbroken to have to confirm the news that our Academy U16 player, Izzy Dezu, collapsed and died during a match last night. The thoughts of everyone at Shelbourne FC are with his family and friends who have been devastated by his tragic loss. May he rest in peace."

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