Patrick Ekeng dies while playing a match
Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Ekeng has died of a suspected heart attack.
The midfielder has died of a suspected heart attack.
Ekeng fell to the ground in the 70th minute of a televised Romanian league match between Dinamo and Viitorul.
He was pronounced dead in hospital two hours later.
Ekeng, a 26-year-old midfielder for Dinamo Bucharest, wasn’t given adequate first aid at the stadium, a doctor at the hospital said, which was denied by the club’s doctor.
Ekeng was given CPR during a two-minute ambulance ride to the hospital, but the vehicle didn’t have equipment that might have helped him, Romania’s Digisport reported.
Police have started an inquiry into the 26-year-old’s death.
Ekeng had been on the field for seven minutes when he collapsed in the 70th minute of a match against Viitorul Constanta.
The Romanian Cup final between Dinamo and CFR Cluj, which was due to be played on Tuesday, was also postponed and will take place on 17 May.
Ekeng, capped twice by Cameroon, had also played for Le Mans in France as well as the Swiss club Lausanne and Spain’s Cordoba.
He joined Dinamo as a free agent in January and scored his only goal in their 2-2 draw against Steaua Bucharest in the Romanian Cup semi-final’s second leg in April.