The last game in the Premier League on Saturday was a very dramatic one when Sunderland visited Cardiff. Before the game, all eyes were on how the Cardiff fans would react to the sacking of Malky Mackay, but the end of the game was focused on the great comeback from Sunderland to get the point.
During halftime, however, there was more drama, potentially life-threatening drama, happening behind the scenes. Sunderland forward Fabio Borini, on loan from Liverpool, collapsed in the dressing room at halftime and was immediately rushed to hospital. Stephen Fletcher replaced the Italian, and actually scored the first of the two Sunderland comeback goals.
Reports were that he left the ground on a stretcher and was attached to a drip and regained consciousness, but was brought to the hospital as a precautionary measure. It does bring back the concern over players and the amount of stress brought on the bodies with sports in general. Soccer, though, has had more than its fair share of tragedies in this area. Marc Vivian Foe back in 2003 is the first I personally remember, but there have been way too many since then, including the Fabrice Muamba miracle recovery a few seasons ago.
Details are sketchy at this point with whether it was something as simple as dehydration, which would be suggested by the information coming out of the club so far, or something more serious. It does come on the back of a 13-year-old schoolboy, Jamie Skinner, who collapsed and died on the pitch, and the 18-year-old David Paul who died in his sleep.
An organization called Cardiac Risk in the Young states on their website that every week in the United Kingdom, 12 people aged 35 and under die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Hopefully the condition Borini was suffering from today is not as serious as the other examples, but it certainly never hurts to make people aware of groups like ‘CRY.’
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.