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More grim news rocks the soccer world

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People observe a moment of silence for Italian footballer Piermario Morosini before the Spanish league football match between RCD Espanyol and Valencia CF at the Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella on April 15, 2012. Piermario Morosini died on April 14 after suffering a heart attack while playing for Livorno against Pescara in the Italian second division, a sad, premature end to a life already scarred by family tragedy. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sadly, when we talk about the recent “tragedy in soccer” these days, we have to be more specific.

Saturday’s terrible news, of course, is of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini, who died after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field during a Serie B match at Pescara. He was 25.

The grim rundown of other sad news in our game:

Just last month, Barcelona announced that Eric Abidal would require a liver transplant.

The France international had previously been diagnosed with liver cancer, back in March 2011. (Just two-and-a-half months after undergoing a three-hour operation to remove the tumor, Barca’s left back played in the Champions League final win over Manchester United at Wembley.)

In February, Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest in a match against Tottenham. He has since recovered enough to leave the hospital.

Just three weeks ago, Aston Villa captain Stilian Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. He is currently undergoing treatment at a London hospital.

And last November, the shocking suicide Wales manager and noted, former Newcastle United man Gary Speed rocked the soccer world.