Soccer fans mourn death of goalkeeper in collision with teammate

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian soccer fans are mourning the death of Choirul Huda, the long-term goalkeeper and captain of top flight side Lamongan FC, usually known as Persela, following a collision with a team mate during a weekend match at their stadium in East Java.

Video footage showed Huda slamming into team mate Ramon Rodrigues in the 43rd minute of Sunday's game in the Go-Jek Traveloka league.

Rodrigues' knee had accidentally collided with Huda's chest in the incident, said the club's media officer Andika Hangga Pramana.

The 38-year-old was taken off the pitch on a stretcher after losing consciousness and a medical team at the stadium attempted to resuscitate him, said Doctor Yudistiro Andri Nugroho, head of the emergency Care Unit at the Soegiri Hospital, Lamongan.

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This picture taken on October 15, 2017 shows goalkeeper Choirul Huda of hometown club Persela in East Java making his way out with his team before the start of the game where fatally collided with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues at the Surajaya Lamongan stadium in Surabaya. Indonesian football was in mourning after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate. Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday's accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues. / AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on October 15, 2017 shows goalkeeper Choirul Huda of hometown club Persela in East Java receiving treatment moments after a collision with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues during a match at Surajaya Lamongan stadium in Surabaya. Indonesian football was in mourning after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate. Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday's accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues. / AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on October 15, 2017 shows goalkeeper Choirul Huda of hometown club Persela in East Java being rushed away on a stretcher and taken to hospital after colliding with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues during a match at Surajaya Lamongan stadium in Surabaya. Indonesian football was in mourning after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate. Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday's accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues. / AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on October 15, 2017 shows family members and mourners performing performing funeral prayers behind a casket bearing the body of goalkeeper Choirul Huda of hometown club Persela in East Java, after he died following a collision with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues during a match at the Surajaya Lamongan stadium in Surabaya. Indonesian football was in mourning after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate. Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday's accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues. / AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on October 15, 2017 shows a hearse taking away the body of goalkeeper Choirul Huda of hometown club Persela in East Java after he died following a collision with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues during a match at the Surajaya Lamongan stadium in Surabaya. Indonesian football was in mourning after celebrated goalkeeper Choirul Huda died following an on-pitch collision with a team-mate. Huda, 38, a long-time regular for his hometown club Persela in East Java, collapsed just before half-time after Sunday's accidental clash with Brazilian midfielder Ramon Rodrigues. / AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Huda was taken to the hospital's intensive care unit and given breathing assistance and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but his condition deteriorated and he was pronounced dead at 4.45 pm, Nugroho said a statement.

"We did all we could to restore the vital functions of Choirul Huda's organs," the doctor said.

His fellow players had gone to straight to the hospital after the final whistle following their 2-0 win over Semen Padang and supporters later went to his house with candles, according to local media reports.

On their official Twitter page, Persela carried "farewell cap" above a photo of Huda. According to the team's Instagram page, the club will retire the number one jersey worn by Huda.

Huda leaves behind a wife and two children.

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