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27th Feb 2023

Footballer dies after collapsing on pitch during game

Callum Boyle

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The club paid tribute to a ‘kind and caring player’

A footballer has died after he collapsed during a match.

Michael Palmer, 23, collapsed while playing for Peterborough & District Football League side Crowland Town FC.

Palmer was rushed to hospital but unfortunately never regained consciousness.

His club paid a touching tribute to him on social media, saying that “he will be greatly missed by all at the club and the local football community.”

They said: “As some of you may already be aware Crowland Town FC tragically lost one of our family members yesterday playing the game he loved.

“Our player Michael Palmer tragically collapsed during the game and never regained consciousness.

“He was the most kind, caring person and a passionate Manchester Utd fan and always strived to achieve the best he could and will be greatly missed by all at the club and the local football community.”

Crowland also thanked the opposition side for their help and respect during the incident.

“A huge thank you to Leverington FC players and staff for their help and respect.

“Our thoughts are with Michael’s family and friends at this sad time.

Saturday’s referee also paid tribute to Palmer. He said: “My thoughts and prayers go to Michael’s family and friends.

“The beautiful game we all love lost a special young man yesterday and he will never be forgotten. Nobody should ever not come home from a football game.

“I would like to add the conduct of both teams players is something you should both be proud of. Everyone did everything they could to try and help Michael.

“My thoughts are with everyone connected or knew Michael.”

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