Death of player in lower leagues prompts all football to be temporarily suspended.
All football in Argentina has been suspended after San Martin Burzaco’s Emanuel Ortega died as a result of serious head injuries.
The Argentina Football Association (AFA) confirmed the suspension after the death of Ortega, during a Primera C match against Juventud Unida on May 4, Ortega, 21.
Ortega collided with an opposition player next to the touchline, and crashed into a concrete wall close to the pitch.
He had emergency surgery on a double skull fracture, but on Thursday news of his death was confirmed.
On the day of the incident, San Martin manager Cristian Ferlauto said it was “crazy” and “a disgrace” to have a wall so close to the pitch.
“The wall is just a metre from the line. It’s crazy, there’s no protection,” he said. “The security measures are taken thinking about the fans, and the fence is so high so that they can’t throw stones, but something are more important.
“It’s a disgrace.”
Ferlauto also absolved the opponent of blame, saying he had “no intent” to injure Ortega.
“A tragedy his death,” a statement from the Argentina Football Association (AFA) read.
“The severity of his injury led to a number of teams wishing to express their solidarity and support for the player.
“Due to the death of the player, the President of the AFA, Luis Segura, decided to suspend the forthcoming round of matches at all levels.
“Argentine football wears black to remember Emanuel and offer condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.”