A teenage soccer player died after falling during a FA Youth Cup match earlier this week.
Dylan Rich was taken to the hospital on Thursday after falling on the pitch in a match at Nottinghamshire’s Regattaway Grounds.
The 17-year-old is suspected of having a sudden cardiac arrest in the fifth minute of the match. First aid was provided on-site and defibrillators were used before the arrival of paramedics.
On Thursday night, Dylan’s football club Westbridge Ford Colts issued a statement that the player was “severely ill” during the match but was being treated at the hospital.
On Sunday, the club shared another statement announcing Dylan’s death.
“This news has devastated and left everyone involved in our club in grief,” the statement said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are directed to our parents Mike and Anna, our sister Lucy, and Dylan’s family, friends and teammates.
“The club will provide as much support as possible to the players and club officials affected by this tragic event, but for now there is no better word for the family during this incredibly difficult time. I ask you to respect your privacy. “
The club thanked the community for their recent support and good luck message to Dylan.
Opponent team Boston United Pilgrims also issued a statement on Sunday. “The idea of pilgrims is now firmly rooted in the Rich Family and in West Bridgford FC.”
The Football Association, which is in charge of the tournament, issued a statement that all FAs were “deeply saddened” by Dylan’s death, condolences to his friends, family and all of the Westbridge Ford Club. ..
“Thank you for the courageous response of all those who responded quickly to the situation of the FA Youth Cup match on Thursday night, and for the efforts of the paramedics.”
Two ambulances, a high-speed response vehicle and an air ambulance from the East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the scene Thursday night before transporting Dylan to the Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham.
The rest of the game was abandoned after the teens collapsed.