Belgian goalkeeper dies after reportedly collapsing on field following penalty save
The Belgian goalkeeper died suddenly during a match on Saturday at the age of 25.
Arne Espil, who plays for Winkel Sport B in the second provincial division of West Brabant in Belgium, was reported to have passed out after saving a penalty against Westrosebeke 15 minutes into the second half of the game. Emergency services were unable to resuscitate Espil and shortly after he was taken to the hospital, he was declared dead. The game has been stopped.
Winkel Sport deeply mourns the sudden death of Arne Espil. the club said in a statement. “We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Arne on this heavy loss. We forgot about football.”
“This is a disaster and a shock to everyone,” said Winkle manager Patrick Rothsaert. said. “Arne has been at the club all his life and was very well liked. He was an amazingly sympathetic boy, always in a good mood and ready to help. This is a really strong blow. First of all, for his family, but also for our entire club.”
An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday, but no new details have been released.
According to Belgian news, more than 1,000 people, including Espil’s family, went for a walk in silence. in honor of Espeel in Sint-Eloi-Winkel, where the team plays in a village in West Flanders.