Indian player dies after collapsing on field



NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian soccer player has died after collapsing on the field during a local league game in the southern city of Bangalore.

D. Venkatesh, 27, a midfielder for A division club Bangalore Mars, went on as substitute in the 73rd minute and collapsed toward the end of the game, local media reported on Thursday.

Domestic media reported there was no ambulance available and Venkatesh was taken to the Hosmat Hospital on Wednesday in a three-wheel auto-rickshaw.

Preliminary reports suggested cardiac arrest was the cause of death.

Venkatesh’s death came days after Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed during an English FA Cup match against Tottenham after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was taken to London Chest Hospital and remains in intensive care.