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A nine-year old Atletico Madrid player has died after the dugout collapsed on him during a match last Saturday.

Diego Alcala Rivero was sitting on the bench whilst his team were playing and suffered serious injuries after the incident.

He was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Madrid with trauma to the skull but passed away this morning.

The club released a statement today expressing their condolences and sadness at the incident.

"We want to send our sincerest condolences to the relatives of Diego Alcala Rivero in the name of the rojiblanco family," it reads.

"Atletico Madrid would like to thank the great level of support and affection received from all over Spain, both from clubs, institutions and privately."

Miguel de las Cuevas also had a few words from the players at the club about how they want to win this Sunday for the youngster.

"I wish to send our condolences to the family of Diego, the team is very hurt. The family has our support and we will see on Sunday if we can win for him. It is a day of mourning for all of us and we want to beat Barcelona for him," he said.

Cross-town neighbours, Real Madrid, also sent a message to Atletico, along with a bouquet of flowers.

"From all the board of directors and every fan we wish to send our condolences to the family of Diego Alcala Rivero," read the message.

Local police will be investigating the death.


Such a young age :frown:
RIP :rip_1:
 

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There's Only One Darren Fletcher!
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Its such a shame

The dugout collapsed? How often does that happen? Officials at the club should ensure that such a thing doesnt happen again.

RIP son
 

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Crass....

what else can one say.

I feel sorry for the young feller. Maybe, if we do come back in a next life, he can fulfill his dream and play the beautiful game in front of thousands.

There should be an inquiry into this.

If you can't be safe in the dugout....
 

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For me it serves as a reminder that life isn't certain. It could all end at any time.

Live everyday like it's your last, don't take it for granted & start appreciating everything.

My condolences to Rivero's family. I'd like to think the young boy is in a better place.
 
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