Junior Dian Footballer dies during match in England

Junior Dian died in the early hours of Wednesday, July 7 after collapsing during a friendly pre-season game

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  play Junior Dian died later in the hospital (Daily Mirror)
  play Junior Dian was on trial at a non-league football club before he died (Twitter/BBC South east)
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The football world has been rocked with the sudden death of another footballer, Junior Dian who died after collapsing during a game on Tuesday, July 7.

Dian was on trial at non-league side Tonbridge Angels and was playing in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night when he collapsed.

Dian later died in the early hours of Wednesday, July 8 at the St George's Hospital in Tooting.

According to reports, the 23-year-old collapsed during the match with no player near him around the 20th minute of the game.

Chairman of the club,  Steve Churcher in a statement on the club's website expressed shock at the death of Dian and comforted the family of the player.

"This is devastating news and our only crumb of comfort is that Junior lost his life doing something he obviously enjoyed so much," Chrucher said in the statement on the club's website.

"All our thoughts and sympathies are with his family."

"Today, football at Tonbridge Angels very much takes a back seat as everyone at the club tries to come to terms with this devastating news.

"Also I would like to thank everyone at Whyteleafe FC for their support and professionalism during this very distressing incident yesterday evening."

Sevrial football figured have paid condolence to the family of the late 23-year-old.

A series of death have occurred in football matches this year.

Last month, a Nigerian defender David Faramola Oniya died after he collapsed during a friendly match on Saturday, June 13 in Malaysia.

A Belgian footballer Gregory Mertens earlier this year died after three days in coma in a hospital where he was taken to after collapsing on the football feild.

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