Monday, December 31, 2007

RIP Phil O'Donnell

O'Donnell collapsed during Motherwell's 5-3 win over Dundee United on Saturday as he was about to be substituted.

Porter described the shocking scenes towards the end of the game when O'Donnell collapsed and revealed how he thought his captain had just fainted.

"I've never experienced anything like it," he said. "It's a massive shock and a massive loss to Motherwell.

"His number had come up for him to go off and he literally just passed out.

"He went down and no-one really knew what had happened. Doctors and physios ran on, he was unconscious on the floor and it was clear he was in a bad way, but personally I never thought anything would happen.

"I'm just really shocked about it all. Everyone thought he would be okay and he had just fainted, so it was a real shock to find out he had passed away."

Craig Brown, who gave O'Donnell his only Scotland cap, believes the former Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder was the 'ideal role model'.

O'Donnell died shortly after suffering a suspected seizure during a league match against Dundee United.

After being treated for around five minutes on the field, the former Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder was carried off on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance and taken to Wishaw General hospital. He died at 5.18pm, the club announced.

Another footballer dies during the course of a match after Puerta earlier this year .. Poor guy .. May his soul RIP .. Let God give strength to his family to overcome this disaster ..

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