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article imageFootballer dies after goal celebration goes terribly wrong

By Daryl Hammond     Oct 20, 2014 in Sports
What was supposed to be a moment of elation quickly turned into one of great sadness, as an Indian footballer died after his acrobatic goal celebration went terribly wrong.
23-year-old midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala attempted a somersault similar to the flip popularized by World Cup winner Miroslav Klose, after scoring the equalizing goal for Mizoram Premier League side Bethlehem Vengthlang.
Unfortunately he landed awkwardly on his head and damaged his spinal cord, which left him motionless on the pitch.
The player was rushed to the intensive care unit at Aizawl Civil Hospital for surgery, where he unfortunately passed away after five days.
A statement on the official Facebook page of the Mizoram Premier League read:
"It has been a sad day for Mizoram football and the demise of the footballer shook his team-mates, footballers and fans alike all over Mizoram.
"Peter was a defensive midfielder who had always been aggressive and hard working, a true team player.
"Peter's club Bethlehem Vengthlang FC will retire his jersey no. 21.
"As Peter sleeps, the world can rest in the knowledge that someone out there would be able to see and the football pitch will always be one man down. And heaven has gained a defensive midfielder; apart from the hard tackles and the breaking up of attacks, goal celebrations will never be painful anymore. Goodbye Peter."
Reports in India suggest that Peter agreed to donate his eyes before he passed away, and that locals will hold a charity match in his honour.
Despite the horrific incident, the match, which was stopped in the 61st minute, continued, with visitors Chanmari West FC winning 3-2.
Footage of this tragic incident can be seen below from 2:25 minutes. Some viewers may find this video upsetting.
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