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Kota Baru (Malaysia): A Nigerian footballer named David Oniya, died after collapsing on the pitch, during a local friendly in Malaysia.

The defender, playing for second-tier club T-Team FC against Super League side Kelantan, collapsed on Saturday three minutes into the match.

“Oniya was sent to the hospital, and the doctors tried their best to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at 10.05 p.m. local time,” the club’s chief executive, Syahrizan Mohd Zain, was quoted as saying by New Straits Times.

Zain said the manner in which Oniya, 30, died was surprising; since it was a casual match.

“There was no hard running, and it was a slow tempo match. It’s only a friendly game,” Syahrizan said.

“The match was called off in the 60th minute when we received a call from the hospital, that Oniya had died.”

Syahrizan also complained, that the ambulance driver had been slow.

“He suffered a heart attack, but it could have been a different story, had the ambulance driver (been) alert. The driver was at the stands watching the game, when Oniya suddenly collapsed, and our defender was deprived of oxygen for several minutes.” he said. (IANS)

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Saudi Football Chiefs Apologize over Team’s Refusal to Pay Tribute

The Saudi football chiefs have apologised over their team's refusal to pay tributes to the London Attack victims.

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Saudi Football Players (White) getting into playing positions while Australia (Yellow) pays tribute. Twitter.
  • Saudi Arabia and Australia played a World Cup qualifying game in Australia on Thursday, 8th of June
  • Before the game, Australian players linked arms in tribute to the victims of the London Attack
  • The players from the Saudi team did not take part in the tribute, inviting criticism from all over the world

June 06, 2017: The Football Federation Australia (FFA) organized a minute’s silence to pay their tributes to the victims of the London Attack minutes before the start of the World Cup qualifying game between Australia and Saudi Arabia and both the teams were briefed in advance.

While the Australian stars linked arms and stood in support of condemning the terror attack, the Saudi players were seen taking up their respective playing positions on the field for the kick-off despite having agreed to the tradition in the pre-game briefing.

ALSO READ: Police Identify 3rd London attacker

The Saudi Arabian team has invited a lot of criticism and anger from the world over. Social media was quick to react and bring up the issue, prompting an apology from the Saudi Football officials. An Australian MP called it “a disgraceful act”.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has made an “unreserved apology”. They continue that the “players did not intend any disrespect to the victims or their families”. They also condemned all acts of terror.

ALSO READ: Theresa May’s Response to London Attack

Two Australians were among the eight victims who died in the London terror attack. Australia went on to win the game 3-2 and joined Saudi Arabia and Japan at the top of the group stage.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Brazilian footballer Robinho faces extended spell on sidelines after scans revealed broken bone in his back

Brazilian footballer Robinho faces an extended spell on the sidelines a broken bone in his back.

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Brazil, Jan27, 2017: Brazilian footballer Robinho faces an extended spell on the sidelines after scans revealed a broken bone in his back.

The 33-year-old Atletico Mineiro player suffered the injury during Brazil’s 1-0 friendly victory over Colombia on Thursday, a match that raised money for victims of the Chapecoense air disaster, reports Xinhua news agency.

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“Robinho suffered trauma in his back – a small fracture in the third vertebra,” Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said on Thursday.

“It’s similar to the one that Neymar had at the (2014) World Cup, but this is a little different because it’s an incomplete fracture without any deviation,” Lasmar added.

Robinho is expected to miss most or all of Atletico Mineiro’s Campeonato Mineiro campaign, which begins on Saturday. (IANS)

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Over 82,400 Tickets requests globally received by FIFA for the 2017 Confederations Cup

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Moscow, Jan 20, 2017: Over 82,400 tickets requests globally were received by world football governing body FIFA for the 2017 Confederations Cup, which is due to kick off in Russia in less than five months.

The tournament will be held from June 17 to July 2.

“82,478 FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 tickets had been requested by fans from all continents by the time the first sales window closed at 12.00 CET (14.00 Moscow time) on 19 January 2017,” FIFA said in a statement on Thursday, reports Tass.

“Russian fans are on top of the list with 71,266 tickets requested, followed by their Chilean counterparts with 4,949.”

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The statement from FIFA said that “The tickets purchased by 5 April 2017 will be delivered by courier service free of charge as of April 2017”.

Ticket prices for the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup were announced in Moscow on July 5 after the board meeting of the Russia-2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC), attended by FIFA officials. The first stage of ticket sales for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia was launched on December 9 last year.

FIFA’s Head of Ticketing Falk Eller was quoted in the statement as saying: “The sales system in place ensures that fans all around the world have fair and equal access to tickets.”

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“The number of ticket requests from Chile confirms the great appeal of the tournament, not only in Russia but also abroad, as some fans are willing to cross the world to see their team play in the FIFA Confederations Cup,” Eller said.

“We are convinced that the Tournament of Champions will have a thrilling atmosphere in the stands and that the coming sales phases will enable more fans to secure their tickets,” the FIFA official added.

Ticket prices for the Confederation Cup and World Cup are usually divided into three categories and the global football organisation visas the price for each category.

The Confederations Cup will be held at four stadiums in Russia — Otkritie-Arena in Moscow, St. Petersburg Arena, Fisht in Sochi and Kazan-Arena in Kazan. (IANS)