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Shelbourne FC academy player Izzy Dezu, 16, dies after collapsing during match

Irish football club Shelbourne FC have confirmed the death of 16-year-old academy player Izzy Dezu, who collapsed during a youth match on Tuesday night.

Dezu had taken ill during the second half of a Dublin and District Schoolboys League U16 Premier Division match and was given CPR by an off-duty fireman before being taken to hospital.

He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Shelbourne FC released a statement that read: “We are heartbroken to have to confirm the news that our Academy U16 player, Izzy Dezu, collapsed and died during a match last night.

“The thoughts of everyone at Shelbourne FC are with his family and friends who have been devastated by his tragic loss. May he rest in peace.”

St Kevin’s Boys Club, Shelbourne’s opponents during the game, also released a statement following the news: “All those present were extremely shocked by what happened especially his team-mates, his managers and the SKB players and staff.

“Everyone at St Kevin’s Boys Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Izzy’s family and friends as well as Shelbourne FC. May he rest in peace.”

FAI chief executive John Delaney expressed his sympathy in a statement on Wednesday afternoon and said the Ireland men’s senior team would pay a special tribute to Izzy at the next home international at the Aviva Stadium in 2018.

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