- The Arne Espeel video features the details of his sudden and tragic demise.
- Arne Espeel was a 25-year-old Belgian Goalkeeper who played for the club Winkel Sport.
- Espeel died after collapsing on the field moments after he saved a penalty for his team.
The Arne Espeel video features the details of his sudden and tragic demise. Arne Espeel was a 25-year-old Belgian Goalkeeper who played for the club Winkel Sport.
Espeel died after collapsing on the field moments after he saved a penalty for his team. He was only 25 years old and was associated with the club all his life.
This tragic incident occurred in a match between Winkel Sport B and Westrozebeke. Winkel Sport B were 2-1 up against Westrozebeke when their opponents were awarded a penalty in the second half.
According to reports in Belgian media, Espeel saved the spot kick but dropped to the ground immediately afterward.
Emergency services rushed to help Espeel and tried to revive him with a defibrillator but failed. He was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is not yet known.
According to Nieuwsblad, Winkel sporting director Patrick Rotsaert said, “This is a disaster and a shock to everyone. Arne had been with the club all his life and was very loved. He was a wonderfully sympathetic boy, always in a good mood and ready to help. This is a heavy blow, first of all for his family and also for our whole club.”
The game was being played at the club’s home ground in Sint-Eloois-Winkel in the West Flanders Province.
According to the Daily Mail, family and friends gathered at the field to lay flowers and wreaths in the goal where Espeel collapsed. Espeel’s teammates were also present for the ceremony.
“The ball was still in play. Our goalkeeper got up as fast as possible to receive the ball, but then he fell,” assistant coach Stefaan Dewerchin said via the Daily Mail.
Assistant Coach Dewerchin spoke on behalf of the whole club. He said watching such a young gentleman collapse on the field out of the blue was terrible.
All the players showered together after the incident. The news of Espeel’s demise was nothing short of a catastrophe. Some players are still in shock and haven’t realized the impact of Espeel’s death on our club.
An autopsy has been scheduled to determine Arne Espeel’s cause of death. However, he is suspected of passing away due to sudden heart failure.
Over the weekend, Belgian goalkeeper Arne Espeel collapsed and died suddenly at age 25 during a game. This is NOT normal and we can never accept it as normal. It’s beyond time to demand all major sports leagues fully investigate the deaths of young athletes! pic.twitter.com/63OidhiRqg— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) February 15, 2023