Pedro Berruezo died on the pitch for Sevilla FC back in 1973 from cardiac arrest at the age of 27. He finished his career with 135 caps for Sevilla and 38 goals. I remember hearing about this, but never really knew the details until today.
It got me wondering, why we do not chant his name during the match much like we do with Peurta?
It also got me wondering, why after passing out in three matches before the fatal match, was he not benched and thoroughly studied. Maybe he had been as medicine wasn’t nearly as sophisticated as today, but it just seems a shame that this might have been prevented.
Didn’t know anything about this until now. I guess a lot of more modern fans probably wouldn’t know hence the lack of any chant / recognition.
As for why he continued to play, I guess in the 1970s sports medicine was pretty poor compared to today’s standards, I dare say they didn’t have half the tests they do on players now. Heck a lot has changed since Puerta and that was a lot more recently.
In the 1960’s and 70’s people tended to be more philosophical about death in sport because it was a bit more frequent in Bullfighting. Believe it or not, that was the response of some people to Puerta.
Puerta’s case was difficult to take, best I don’t say too much. He was fainting regularly in training and always got up and played on. The fact that he had a congenital heart defect escaped the doctors. His brother also played for Sevilla and had to quit because he had the same rare defect. The son he never saw, Aitor, will be 15 or 16 now, I hope he’s clear, don’t hear much about him.