15-year-old German footballer dies after being assaulted late in the game

A 15-year-old German footballer died this Wednesday following brain injuries suffered on Sunday in a game at an international tournament with French Metz, and after clashes between players from both teams.

“After Sunday’s clashes (…) the 15-year-old teenager died in hospital, following serious brain injuries,” the German police said in a statement.

Initially, information provided by various local press outlets in Frankfurt, Germany, reported that the player was brain dead, as a result of blows to the head and neck.

The player, from the JFC Berlin team, was unconscious and had to be revived, being taken to the hospital, where brain death was soon determined.

The alleged aggressor, from the French team, was heard by the authorities, although Metz already on Monday clarified that, according to him, there was no deliberate intention to cause harm.

The 16-year-old is in custody, added the Frankfurt police, while the investigation into the events continues and when he waits for the result of the autopsy, to be carried out in the coming days.

Frankfurt Public Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Nadja Niesen explained that the teenager who died was kept on artificial life support until Wednesday so that his organs could be donated.

Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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