It was a black Christmas in Algeria as they mourned over the tragic death of a 30-year-old footballer.
Sofiane Lokar underwent a heart attack and died while playing for Mouloudia Saida against Oran during a match in the country’s second tier.
Sofiane Lokar died of a heart attack while playing for Mouloudia Saida against Oran in the second division of the country’s club football.
Lokar suffered a potential head injury via a clash with his own goalie in the 26th minute, according to Turkish website SuperHaber.
According to the report, he was treated by Saida personnel before being cleared to return to duty.
He fainted nine minutes later, and after doing CPR and attempting mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, paramedics were unable to save his life.
Lokar was a captain for Saida, and it’s believed he married last week, making the events of Christmas Day even more tragic.
Sofiane Lokar, the captain of Mouloudia Saida, allegedly married last week.
The match between the two clubs has been called off, and it is unclear whether or not it will be restarted or replayed.
As the tragic events unfolded around them, Lokar’s comrades were left in tears.
His terrible demise comes only three days after a Croatian footballer, 23, died after collapsing.
After the incident while training with NK Nehaj Sinj, Marin Cacic was transported to the hospital and diagnosed with heart failure, causing doctors to place him in an induced coma.
Efforts to resuscitate the defender, however, were in vain, and he was pronounced dead on Friday, December 23.
These tragic deaths have occurred at a time when there is heightened awareness about player welfare, as well as rising worries about the amount of labor that players are expected to do.