Roma defender Evan Ndicka collapsed on the pitch around the 70th minute of a Serie A contest with Udinese.

The 24-year-old was conscious and taken to hospital, but the game was suspended soon after.


Daily Mail reports:

The score was level at 1-1 at the time of the incident and Ndicka was taken to hospital.

In a statement, Roma said: ‘Following the on-field medical emergency involving Evan Ndicka, the match between Udinese and Roma has been suspended.

‘The player is conscious and has been taken to hospital for further checks.

‘Forza Evan, we are all with you!’

Roma players subsequently paid a visit to their teammate in hospital.

‘The squad went to visit Ndicka at the hospital. Evan is feeling better and is in good spirits. He will remain in the hospital for further observations,’ the Serie A club posted on X, the platform previously known as Twitter.

Per BBC:

After Ndicka’s collapse, Roma’s medical staff and emergency services were called on to the pitch and after discussions with the referee, the match was abandoned.

Ndicka joined Roma on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2023 and has made 19 appearances for the Italian club.

Roberto Pereyra had given Udinese an early lead before striker Romelu Lukaku equalised for Roma.

The remainder of the match is now set to be played at a later date.

Several footballers have suffered medical emergencies in recent weeks.

34-year-old Makhehlene Makhaula, a South African professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for South African Premier Division club Orlando Pirates, collapsed on the pitch.

“World Football, unfortunately, has been subject to so many distressing scenes on the pitch over the last few years,” a commentator said.


24-year-old Javier Altamirano, a Chilean footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Argentine Primera División side Estudiantes de La Plata, and the Chile national football team, collapsed on the pitch and suffered a seizure.


Ahmed Refaat, a 30-year-old Egyptian professional footballer, collapsed on the pitch during a contest between his club, Modern Future FC, and Ittihad, suffering an apparent cardiac arrest.

Refaat, a former international teammate of Mohamed Salah, reportedly stopped breathing “for more than an hour.”

Medical personnel rushed Refaat to a hospital and placed him in an intensive care unit.


Guillermo Denis Beltrán, a 24-year-old Colombian striker, died after collapsing during training with his Bolivian club.

He reportedly died of “respiratory arrest.”

“Colombian Guillermo Denis Beltrán (24), youth player from #AtléticoNacional , died today in Bolivia. He collapsed in training with #RealSantaCruz , he was taken to a hospital where they tried to revive him, but it was not possible,” Pipe Sierra wrote (translated).

Arsenal women’s midfielder Frida Maanum collapsed during the English League Cup final against Chelsea.

Maanum, 24, collapsed off the ball and was taken off the field on a stretcher.


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