Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda dies after collision during league match
Persela Lamongan goalkeeper Choirul Huda has died after suffering head and neck injuries in a Liga 1 match on Sunday.
The Indonesian goalkeeper was involved in a collision with teammate Ramon Rodrigues and onrushing Semen Padang striker Marcel Sacramento when he came off his line to challenge for the ball shortly before half-time.
Huda went down clutching his face and was rushed from the Surajaya Stadium in Sidorejo, in Lamongan, to hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Persela paid tribute to the 38-year-old, who had spent his whole career at the club, on social media, describing him on Twitter as "the Real Legend of Persela."
Huda joined Persela in 1999 and had made more than 500 appearances for the club.
Bangkok-based Paul Murphy has lived in Asia for a decade, writing for ESPN FC since 2014. He is a former Daily Express sub-editor. @PaulMurphyBKK