All weekend football in Italy has been called off following the death.
Lega Serie B confirmed on their website: “Tragedy on the field. after suffering a cardiac arrest during the match between Pescara and Livorno, Piermario Morosini has died.
“The 25-year-old player, who came through the youth ranks with Atalanta, arrived at Livorno from Udinese in January and played nine times for the Amaranto.”
Morosini fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and received urgent medical attention on the pitch. A defibrillator was used on the 25 year-old.
Morosini – on loan from Udinese – was then rushed to Pescara’s Santo Spirito hospital.
The player was conscious when he was stretchered off the pitch but was reportedly put into a medically induced coma at the hospital.
“He looked at me in the eyes when he was taken into the ambulance,” Pescara’s general manager, Danilo Iannascoli, told Sky Italia. “We are living through a drama.”
Italian media are claiming a car belonging to traffic police blocked the ambulance’s way into the stadium and a window had to be broken so the car could be moved.
“I don’t know if the ambulance was late, but I know that the entrance onto the pitch was blocked by a vehicle,” Iannascoli said. “Morosini collapsed, he tried to get back up but then collapsed again.”
The match was immediately called off, with the other players leaving the field in tears.