Tragedy in Brazil, Romania as players die after suspected heart problems

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Tragedy has struck the soccer world over the past few days as two players have died while being taken ill during games.

Brazilian midfielder Bernardo Ribeiro, 26, fell ill during a match in Brazil for Friburguense on Saturday and had to be replaced, according to O Globo.

It has been reported that after being taken to hospital Ribeiro suffered a fatal heart attack.

In a statement released by his club, they shared their shock at Ribeiro’s sudden death.

“The Nova Friburgo sport is in mourning. The Friburguense Atletico Clube says goodbye to a great athlete and human being, loved by all the players, coaching staff, management and employees of the club. The deepest feelings of Frizao family to the family of Bernardo Ribeiro.”

That tragic news comes after Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng, 26, collapsed on the pitch on Friday in Romania when playing for Dinamo Bucharest.

Just seven minutes after coming on as a sub in the game against Viitorul Constanta Ebeng collapsed. He was taken to a nearby hospital where they couldn’t resuscitate him.

Via the Associated Press, FIFA President Gianni Infantino shared his sorrow at the news of Ekeng’s death.

“At moments like this, words seem insufficient,” Infantino said Saturday. “Messages I’ve read online from teammates, his club in Romania, and former teams, show just how highly Patrick was regarded. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family and friends, and particularly to the staff, players and fans of Dinamo Bucharest, and the Cameroon national team.”

On Monday it was revealed that the investigation into Ebkeng’s death showed he had an enlarged heart but they needed more tests results to determine the cause of his death.