Former Italian footballer Norberto Bianchi dies from cardiac arrest in football match

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Former Italian footballer Norberto Bianchi died from cardiac arrest while playing a football match on Monday, September 26.

Former footballer Norberto Bianchi died from cardiac arrest in Sorso, Italy, in the Borgo degli Ulivi sports centre.

Bianchi was 65 years old, and was playing five-a-side football with friends when he suddenly collapsed to the ground at around

His colleagues immediately attempted to save him, with an ambulance rushing to the scene, but sadly all attempts to revive the footballer were unsuccessful.

Norberto Bianchi moved to Sassari from Tuscany in the mid-1970s. He played for Torres as a midfielder, then championships at Alghero, Calangianus and Castelsardo.

He later passed on his great passion for football to his son Daniele, a talented midfielder in Porto Torres and for many seasons in Latte Dolce, as reported by

The news follows reports that Mariano Ondo, a 23-year-old footballer who plays for Rapido de Bouzas, a team that plays in the RFEF Third Division, died following a training session on Wednesday, September 14.

In addition, Djouby Laura, a 20-year-old footballer who played for USC Roura, died of a cardiac arrest he suffered during the club’s training session late on Thursday, August 11. 

The striker was taking part in a training session at the Cimonard Urbain stadium when he went into cardiac arrest.

Prior to that, Fabricio Navarro, a young footballer from Argentinian club Atlético Tucumán, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, June 15.

On December 22, Oman international Mukhaled Al-Raqadi died aged 29 after he collapsed during the warm-up before his side’s Omantel League game following a heart attack.

Marin Cacic collapsed during a training session and was rushed to hospital where he was placed into a coma before he later died aged 23 after suffering a heart attack.

On Monday, January 3, 25-year-old Marcos Menaldo died after collapsing at the end of a training session for his club, Deportivo Marquense of Guatemala.

Another professional football player from Oman, Munther Al-Harassi, 30, who played for Al Rustaq FC, died following a heart attack in training on Saturday, January 22.

On February 2, 21-year-old Greek footballer Alexandros Lampis suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed 5 minutes into the game as his side Ilioupoli faced off against A.E. Ermoinida in the Gamma Ethniki league.

On Sunday, March 20, 22-year-old Michel Almanza collapsed on the pitch after he suffered a heart attack in the middle of the game between the club Decano Carolino and Jamaica in Maldonado, Uruguay.

Promising young footballer Debojyoti Ghosh died of a heart attack during a game on Saturday, March 19.

25-year-old Ghosh, who was seen as a promising central midfielder, was playing a tournament match between Nababdwip Sevak Samity and Krishnanagar Central at Dhubulia Belpukur Ground in West Bengal, India when he collapsed unconscious on the pitch after the ball struck his chest towards the end of the game.

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    • John Harper

      28 September 2022 • 11:45

      There is no relationship to whether they had been jabbed for CV19 of course, just pure coincidence….

    • capt

      28 September 2022 • 13:10

      Of course the UK Govt NHS is urging everyone to get the FLU vaccine and COVID booster amid reports of HEAVY DEADLY FLU!. Why are people are getting jabs for senseless PR for pharmaceutical companies profits. Not one in senior management, government senior roles etc have had the “jabs”. Matt Hancock MP proved the lies with his actions of cohorting with his new lady whilst telling the population to stop mixing with people etc. Our bodies immune systems cope naturally very well, as it has for hundreds of years.

    • CCW60

      28 September 2022 • 14:57

      All these “Died Suddenly” of cardiac arrest, heart attacks, strokes EVEN in YOUNG healthy people in the last 1 1/2 years should be raising some eyebrows in the medical community. Why isn’t anyone screaming from the rooftops to BAN THE JABS?!! Instead we are hearing discussions as to whether or not a 4th jab is necessary? REALLY? “Died Suddenly” deaths are going to top out as the number one killer of young people this year and people still aren’t questioning what the hell is going on. God help us all!


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