Tributes have been paid to a young footballer who died after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch.
Dylan Rich of West Bridgford Colts collapsed during his team’s match against Boston United on Tuesday night, causing the match to be abandoned as medical staff rushed to his aid.
Paramedics tried in vain to save his life after two ambulances and an emergency response car were sent to West Bridgford’s home stadium on Regatta Way, where the fixture was taking place.
Tonight, Dylan was pictured for the first time – with friends and loved ones paying tribute to “wonderful” teenager.
Dylan’s club said in a statement: “This news has left everyone involved with our club devastated and heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Mike and Anna, his sister Lucy and Dylan’s family, friends and teammates.
“The club would like to thank everyone within the Colts and wider football community for the hundreds of heartfelt messages and thoughts that we have received over the past few days.”
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Dylan’s headmaster has paid tribute to the “wonderful” teenager, who attended The West Bridgford School.
Tim Peacock said: “We are a school in mourning,” head teacher. We have lost a wonderful, much-loved, talented member of our community. This loss will be felt deeply by many people.
“At the moment our focus is on supporting his family, friends, classmates and teachers through this difficult time.”
It was reported that eyewitnesses claimed Rich remained unresponsive after being shocked with a defibrillator multiple times before he was then rushed to hospital.
Freelance journalist Chris Williams broke the initial news of Rich’s collapse on Tuesday, tweeting: “Hug your loved ones, I’m at a FA Youth Cup game this evening where a young player has suffered a SCA.
“Four shocks and still unresponsive, three ambulances on site.”
The game was called off by the match officials, while West Bridgford initially released a statement confirming a “medical incident” had occurred and that a player had become “seriously unwell”, before their latest statement announced the tragic news.
East Midlands Ambulance Service told Mirror Football on Tuesday: “We received a call at 19.50 hours today to a medical emergency in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. We sent two ambulances and a fast response car, and the air ambulance were in attendance.
“We transported one patient to the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, by land ambulance.”
Presenter of the non-league football show, Ollie Bayliss, tweeted: “Devastating news that the player who was taken ill during an FA Youth Cup game on Thursday has died.
“My thoughts with his family, friends and all those at West Bridgford Colts.”
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