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Olympiacos striker Michael Olaitan collapses on pitch, listed as stable

Michael Olaitan

Olympiakos’ Michael Olaitan of Nigeria lays on the pitch as Panathinaikos’ players call for a medic during a Greek League soccer match at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Olaitan collapsed suddenly when walking alone on the field and hit his head upon falling. He was carried away,on a stretcher and taken to a hospital for tests. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)


There was a terrifying moment in Sunday’s version of the Athens derby between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos when a player collapsed to the pitch and had to be taken off via stretcher.

Olympiacos striker Michael Olaitan was making a run away from the play when he lost consciousness and collapsed to the ground. He was tended to for several minutes, eventually regaining consciousness before being taken to the hospital.

The BBC reports that Olaitan’s condition is listed as stable. He has played for the Nigeria U-20 team and featured for Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League clash against Manchester United last week.

The match was scoreless when Olaitan collapsed, but Panathinaikos went on to collect three goals in a shutout win. Olympiacos remains atop the Greek Super League table by 20 points over second-place PAOK Salonika.

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