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Friday, September 28, 2001
Keeper Perkhun dies after ten-day coma

MOSCOW, Aug 28 (Reuters) - CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Serhiy Perkhun died on Tuesday, ten days after slumping into a coma following an accidental clash of heads with an opposing player during a Russian premier league match.

CSKA press secretary Sergei Aksyonov told Reuters that the Ukraine international died at 5:30 a.m. local time (0130 GMT) in the neurological unit of a Moscow hospital.

The 23-year-old leaves a wife and young child.

In a statement on the CSKA website, the club said it had suffered 'a great misfortune,' having been robbed of a 'helpful, sensitive and fearless' player in his prime.

'Today, at 5:30 a.m., the heart of a wonderful person and a great brother stopped beating. It is difficult to find words to express the grief felt by Serhiy's family and all at the club.

'We will keep you forever in our hearts and our memory,' ended the statement, which was signed by the club management, trainers, players and staff.

Perkhun's death came just hours after the club said his condition had deteriorated. A scan revealed that his brain cells had started to die after the flow of blood to his brain had stopped.

Perkhun clashed heads with Anji Makhachkala striker Budun Budunov in a premier division match on August 18. He was transferred to a special military hospital in Moscow last Monday, but failed to regain consciousness.

Budunov remains in intensive care in a Makhachkala hospital with serious concussion. Initially, he appeared to have suffered the worst of the clash as he was knocked unconscious, while the extent of Perkhun's injuries only became apparent later.

 


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