Argentina suspends all matches after player dies of on-field head injury

Thursday May 14th, 2015

The Argentine Football Association has suspended all play in the country after the death of Emanuel Ortega, who suffered a head injury in a match two weeks ago, the AFA announced Thursday

"Everyone agreed to it," AFA president Luis Segura, told the Associated Press. "One shouldn't play, out of respect for the magnitude of the tragedy. I don't think anyone is in the mood to think about a football match."

Ortega, 21, hit his head on a concrete wall while playing in a fifth-tier match on May 3. He was jostling for position along the sideline with an opponent when he was pushed from behind. He fractured his skull and died Thursday.

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The UK's Daily Mirror has images showing just how close the wall is to the field. The wall anchors a fence designed to prevent fans from throwing objects onto the field. Fan violence is prevalent in Argentine soccer, with 15 deaths tied to soccer-related violence in 2014, according to the BBC.

"Today is not the time to think about taking (safety) measures," Segura said. "We'll see afterward."

- Dan Gartland

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