A 17-year-old footballer has died after suffering a heart attack in training

Royal Antwerp's Bosuil Stadium.

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Royal Antwerp’s Bosuil Stadium.
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    A 17-year-old footballer has died after suffering a heart attack in training. Royal Antwerp medical staff attempted to resuscitate Joel Lobanzo before transferring him to Antwerp University Hospital. He was in a “critical condition” for one day before dying on Wednesday.

A 17-year-old footballer has died after suffering a cardiac arrest during an Under-19 training session on Tuesday evening.

The player, Joel Lobanzo, had a “sudden cardiac arrest,” according to a statement released by Royal Antwerp FC.

Lobanzo was treated by Royal Antwerp medics before being rushed to Antwerp University Hospital. He remained in “critical condition” overnight, before dying on Wednesday.

“The young football player had become a victim of sudden cardiac arrest during the training on Tuesday night,” Royal Antwerp said in a statement.

“The medical supervisor and trainers who were in the vicinity of the player immediately started the resuscitation, after which [he was] transferred to [hospital] in critical condition.

“The young man remained in critical condition for more than one day, but died on Wednesday.” The statement added: “We convey our deepest feelings of compassion to Joel’s family and friends.”