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SBD Global/August 29, 2013/International Football

Argentine Fourth Division Footballer Héctor Sanabria Collapses, Dies During Game

Argentine fourth division side Laferrere player Héctor Sanabria died Tuesday after "collapsing during the first half of a game against General Lamadrid," according to Luis Ampuero of REUTERS. Sanabria "was taken to the hospital and the match was called off." Laferrere coach Eduardo Cáceres said, "He had no history of heart trouble. We did all the exams and medical controls. You see these things happen from a distance but never think they can happen to you" (REUTERS, 8/28).

GETTING MEDICAL COVERAGE: Fellow Laferrere player Pablo Nieva said that players in the Argentine fourth division "do not receive the medical attention they need." Nieva: "In the [fourth division] they do not even give you a cardiogram. We do not have medical coverage, they do not even check you. I don't know if this would happen to you or not if you had the checkups, but maybe something would have stood out. It would be logical to have tests for each team before the next games" (CLARIN, 8/28).
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