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.
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.”
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