Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Super Cup goes ahead despite Puerta death

UEFA have decreed the European Super Cup final between Milan and Sevilla will go ahead as a tribute to Antonio Puerta, who tragically died today.

The 22-year-old player collapsed on Saturday during the Liga game with Getafe and, although he walked off the pitch, suffered five cardiac arrests before he lost his fight for life in hospital.

Although UEFA have rescheduled tonight’s Champions League preliminary round tie with AEK Athens, the August 31 European Super Cup will go ahead as planned.

"The match will be a tribute to Antonio Puerta," said UEFA spokesman William Gaillard.

Milan have suspended all communication with the media and press conferences ahead of the match in Monaco as a sign of respect.

The football world has been stunned by the death of this talented young player, especially after revelations he had collapsed twice before in training.

Source: C4 Football Italia / UEFA

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