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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Goalkeeper's death illustrates need for proper sports safety

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 19, 2017   /  08:06 am
Commentary: Goalkeeper's death illustrates need for proper sports safety Tragic end: Persela Lamongan goalkeeper Choirul Huda is rushed to the hospital on Sunday following a collision with teammate Ramon Rodrigues during a Gojek Traveloka Liga 1 soccer match against Semen Padang at Surajaya Stadium in Lamongan, East Java. Choirul was later pronounced dead due to head and neck trauma. Persela won the match 2-0. (Antara/Rahbani Syahputra)

The world seemed to be rolling on in its usual hustle and bustle on Sunday until a soccer game at the Surojaya stadium in the East Java town of Lamongan shockingly grabbed everyone’s attention. Persela Lamongan FC goalkeeper Choirul Huda died defending his net. The incident occurred when Choirul raced onto the ball his teammate Ramon Rodriguez and Semen Padang striker Marcel Sacramento were fighting for. The goalie managed to clear the ball, but at a very high price. His upper abdomen appeared to collide with Ramon’s legs. Both Ramon and Choirul collapsed in pain, with the latter apparently in great distress. An oxygen mask was applied and Choirul was rushed to the nearby Dr. Soegiri General Hospital, but doctors could not save his life. Dr. Yudistiro Andri Nugroho said Choirul suffered severe trauma to the chest, neck and head as a result of the horrendous collision...