A young footballer who suffered a ‘cardiac arrest’ on the pitch while playing in an FA Youth Cup match has sadly died.
West Bridgford Colts confirmed that Dylan Rich has tragically passed away.
The young footballer collapsed during a match between West Bridgford and Boston at Regatta Way last Thursday August 2.
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Emergency services were called to the scene and the match was abandoned and attempts were made to resuscitate the player with eyewitnesses reporting that he was shocked with a defibrillator multiple times.
He was later rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham by ambulance.
In a statement, West Bridgford Colts said: ‘It is with great sadness that, following the events of Thursday evening, we have to announce the tragic passing of Dylan Rich.
‘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.
‘The Club will provide all the support it can to those players and club officials impacted by this tragic event, but for now there are no further words possible, and we ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this incredibly difficult time.’
Sheffield Football Club wrote: ‘All our thoughts are with the family and friends of Dylan Rich and everyone at West Bridgford Colts right now. Absolutely devastating news.’
Matlock Town FC wrote: ‘Our hearts are truly broken to hear the news of Dylan Rich’s passing and our love goes out to his family, friends and everybody at West Bridgford Colts.
‘If we can do anything to help then please do not hesitate to ask, the football community is here for you.’
And Gainsborough Trinity wrote: ‘Heartbreaking news coming out of West Bridgford Colts this afternoon concerning young Dylan Rich who has tragically passed away following Thursday’s game.
‘Our thoughts and prayers with everyone connected with the club and the young man’s family.