UK time is: 16:30:34
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Goodbye, Antonio Puerta!

Rest in peace, Antonio Puerta of Sevilla CF. And rest in peace, Ray Jones of Queens Park Rangers.

The terrible car crash that killed the young QPR striker was the worst news of Saturday - and I wish strength for his family to cope with their incredible loss.

On that very cursed Saturday, a Spanish full-back by the name of Antonio Puerta collapsed during his team's league match against Getafe. The medical staff prevented him from swallowing his tongue and walked to the dressing room on his own legs.

Inside, though, he collapsed again and was taken to hospital where he was in for intensive care until Tuesday night when, after all the news of a slightly improving condition, he passed away at the age of 22, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend.

This in itself is horrible enough and shocked me deeply. It was an evil turn of events that while he was struggling for his life, a Leicester City player collapsed on the field and had to be taken to hospital. Fortunately, Clive Clarke's condition is reported to stable.

However, questions must be asked about Puerta's death. The death was caused by postanoxic encephalopathy and a multiple failure of his organs caused by the prolonged cardiac arrest that provoked his admission to hospital - that's what a doctor said.

With my little knowledge of these things, I would expect that a professional medical team that is due to examine the footballers at a professional club should discover that the players' heart will not bear the demands expected of it. Maybe I'm wrong but do doctors do everything to prevent these tragedies or are now results above everything else and the medical teams' chief task is to get the most out of players, whatever the price is?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 29 2007

Time: 12:02PM

Your Comments

You can never know. I think it's possible that all medical checks showed there's no trouble, and that it was some nasty, lurking problem that medical science could not discover with its present knowledge. Or at least I hope that's the case, for then we know it can be prevented when that certain knowledge deepens.
midlothian99
its been a strange week in football! things like this should not happen to often in football! any problems like this should have been picked up some where down the line. the death foe was a warning!
Simon Garner Legend
The International Herald Tribune is reporting that Puerta had dizzy spells and passed out twice in the previous week, but the episodes were assumed to be related to heat exhaustion.
oyvey
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Carrick on Comeback Trail (Saturday October 25 2014)

Is Garay The Man? (Saturday October 25 2014)

Villa to Sign Cleverley in January! (Friday October 24 2014)

Van Gaal on Chelsea and Mourinho! (Friday October 24 2014)

Same Again for Chelsea Fixture! (Friday October 24 2014)

Valdes Talk! (Friday October 24 2014)

Sir Alex - The Film (Friday October 24 2014)

Madrid Want a Permanent Deal! (Friday October 24 2014)

United Happy Talk! (Thursday October 23 2014)

Bitter and Twisted? (Thursday October 23 2014)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
WBA 2 - 2 Man Utd
Man Utd 2 - 1 Everton
Man Utd 2 - 1 West Ham
Leicester City 5 - 3 Man Utd
Man Utd 4 - 0 Q.P.R.
Burnley 0 - 0 Man Utd

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Southampton 8 5 1 2 14 16
4. West Ham 8 4 1 3 4 13
5. Liverpool 8 4 1 3 1 13
6. Man Utd 8 3 3 2 3 12
7. Arsenal 8 2 5 1 2 11
8. Swansea 8 3 2 3 1 11
9. Spurs 8 3 2 3 -1 11

Breaking League News

Pellegrini - We Had The Chances To Win It
Man City : 25/10/2014 16:14:00
Delph Out Until The New Year
Aston Villa : 25/10/2014 15:58:00
West Ham : 25/10/2014 15:33:00
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United
Spurs : 25/10/2014 15:22:00
Man City : 25/10/2014 15:20:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

United v Chelsea?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
Home Win! 67%
Away Win! 25%
Draw! 8%