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Former football goalie Srníček dies after heart failure

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Ostrava, North Moravia, Dec 29 (CTK) – Former Czech national team goalie Pavel Srnicek died in the Ostrava Teaching Hospital on Tuesday, nine days after he suffered a heart failure while jogging, his agent Steve Wraith has told CTK and the information was confirmed by the hospital´s spokesman Tomas Oborny.

Srnicek, 47, collapsed while jogging in Bohumin, north Moravia, where he joined his family on Sunday, December 20.

Wraith wrote Srnicek´s heart stopped working for 20 minutes and that he was brought into induced sleep after he was transferred to hospital.

Despite the best medical care, Monday examinations showed that the brain was irreversibly damaged. That is why it was decided to switch off the apparatuses that kept him alive, Wraith wrote.

Srnicek started his career in the top league Banik Ostrava team and later he played for Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday, Brescia, Portsmouth, West Ham and Beira Mar.

He played 49 games for the national team and was a substitute when the national team won the silver medals at the European Cup in 1996.

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