Teenage footballer dies in hospital after collapsing on the pitch during match

A promising teenage footballer has died during a match in Ireland.

Izzy Dezu, 16, was in the academy set up at Shelbourne FC in Dublin.

Izzy Dezu, 16, was playing for Shelbourne FC against St Kevin's Boys when tragedy struck

The thoughts of everyone at Shelbourne FC are with his family and friends who have been devastated by his tragic loss. 

May he rest in peace.

— Shelbourne FC (@shelsfc) December 13, 2017

He collapsed and died at a match for the club’s Under 16 team on Tuesday night.

In a statement Shelbourne FC said: “We are heartbroken to have to confirm the news that our Academy U16 player, Izzy Dezu, collapsed and died during a match last night.

“The thoughts of everyone at Shelbourne FC are with his family and friends who have been devastated by his tragic loss.

“May he rest in peace.”

Izzy Dezu was playing for Shelbourne U16s when he collapsed on the pitch, then died in hospital

Dezu collapsed during a Dublin and District Schoolboys match against St Kevin’s Boys.

It is understood he was treated pitchside by paramedics before being taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The announcement of the teenager’s sudden death prompted an outpouring of tributes and sympathies online.

Derry City FC said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and everyone.”


— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) December 13, 2017

St Kevin’s Boys, the team Dezu had been playing, added: “We at St Kevin’s Boys FC would like to pass on our condolences to the family, friends and everybody at Shelbourne Football Club after their young academy player Izzy Dezu collapsed and died in a game last night.

“Very sad news. Rest in peace young man.”

The Athletic Union League Dublin added: “Everyone at the Athletic Union League would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family, team mates & friends of Izzy Dezu from Shelbourne FC Youth Academy Under 16s who sadly passed away after he collapsed playing against St Kevin’s Boys FC in the Dublin and District Schoolboys League match which was played at the AUL Complex last night.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dezu family at this sad time, May he rest in peace.”

Former Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given tweeted to Shelbourne: “Thoughts and prayers with Izzy’s family friends and all.”


— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) December 13, 2017

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