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Tragic: Goalkeeper dies after crashing into his Defender.

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An hour after suffering a blow to the head when he collided with a teammate in the match against Semen Padang, Choirul Huda, the goalkeeper of Persela Lamongan, died in hospital.

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Image: Choirul Huda

According to a report from Marca, he was struck by Ramon Rodrigues, a defender from his own team, whilst trying to avoid a shot from their opponents in his area.

The impact on his head and neck meant he never recovered once he lapsed into unconsciousness, and he passed away on Sunday at the Dr. Soegiri Lamongan hospital in Jawa Timur (Indonesia).

Huda, 38, had defended the Persela Lamongan goal on more than 500 occasions since 1999, and it had been a full year since the last time he’d been left out of a lineup at the Surajaya Stadium club.

A statement from Dr Yudistiro Andri Nugroho published on Persela’s official website said Huda was immediately transported to hospital, but died shortly after arriving.

Dr Nugroho added that the initial analysis showed the “possibility of head trauma and neck trauma”, while the collision caused a “cardiac arrest”.

The match was completed, with Persela winning 2-0.

In a post on the club’s official Instagram, Persela paid tribute to one-club man Huda, writing: “Thank you for the inspiration you gave to Persela, Lamongan and Indonesian football.”

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