Spain to put name of dead player on shirts

7th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 September 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Spain are hoping to have the name of defender Antonio Puerta, who died suddenly on the pitch two weeks ago, written on their shirts in Saturday's Euro 2008 match in Iceland.

7 September 2007

MADRID - (AFP) - Spain are hoping to have the name of defender Antonio Puerta, who died suddenly on the pitch two weeks ago, written on their shirts in Saturday's Euro 2008 match in Iceland.

Puerta, 22, collapsed during Sevilla's 4-1 win over Getafe on August 25 and died three days later from multiple organ failure stemming from prolonged cardiac arrest.

The Spanish football federation are waiting for the green light from European football's governing body UEFA to go ahead with the request.

Spain are third in Group F behind Sweden and Northern Ireland and have little margin for error in Reykjavik if they want to get into the top two places and qualify for next year's finals in Austria and Switzerland.

Spain, who only managed to beat Iceland 1-0 last March, play a further qualify at home to Latvia on September 12.

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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