In what can only be described as an awful and tragic coincidence, another young Belgian pro player has died after suffering a heart issue on the match day pitch.
Tim Nicot, a 23-year-old left back in Belgium’s fourth tier, collapsed on the pitch while playing in a tournament for Wilrijk-Beerschot when he went into cardiac arrest. He was placed into an induced coma, and later died.
Nicot joins Gregory Mertens as young players who’ve died as a result of heart incidents during matches in Belgium in the past month.
A club statement said Nicot “fought like a bear” and was the “idol of our supporters”.
It described him as “always in a good mood, always making time for an umpteenth selfie with a fan”.
Nicot’s team-mate Wesley Snoeys said: “So many questions. Always the same question comes up: why why why? You left us far too soon. I will never forget you. Forever in my heart.”
Jef Snyders, another Wilrijk-Beerschot player, added: “Football will never be the same anymore. Rest in peace mate.”