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By ESPN Staff

UAE club striker dies after collapsing on pitch

A United Arab Emirates footballer collapsed and died during a routine training session after suffering a massive heart attack on Wednesday.

Salem Saad, 31, of Al Nasr Club was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital but died soon after arrival.

"Salem Saad suffered a major heart attack during a routine training session held at Al Maktoum Stadium," read a statement on the club's official website.

"Salem was immediately transferred to the Rashid hospital following the training ground incident however despite desperate attempts from the doctors, he sadly passed away in the intensive care centre.

"The Al Nasr Club including chairman, board members, administrators and fellow players would like to express its sincere condolences to the family at this tragic moment."

Saad had joined Al Nasr in June after captaining Al Shabab to the league title last year.

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