Football player dies after running into concrete wall during match

A 21-year-old football player has died after sustaining a head injury during a game

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by Jessica Anais Rach |
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Emanuel Ortega suffered the injury when he went head to head with an opposition player during a Primera C game between his team, San Martin Burzaco, and Juventud Unida earlier this month.

After losing his balance, the young player crashed into a concrete wall, which left him lying motionless on the pitch.

Despite emergency surgery, the Argentina Football Association confirmed the sad news yesterday, that the player had passed away.


‘A pity his farewell,’ the statement read.

‘The severity of his injury led to different teams of Argentine football to express their solidarity and support with the player.

‘Argentine soccer wears black to dismiss Emanuel and accompany family and friends at this difficult time.’

All Argentinean football matches have been cancelled this weekend, in tribute to Ortega's tragic death.



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Matthew Broderick

In 1987, Matthew Broderick was driving in Northern Ireland in the wrong lane when he crashed into a Volvo carrying a mother and her daughter. Mother and daughter were both killed. Matthew says ‘I don’t remember the day, I don’t even remember getting up in the morning.’ He was charged with careless driving and fined.

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Charlize Theron

15-year-old Charlize Theron witnessed her mother shoot her father dead. Her father was an alcoholic and had threatened to kill her mother, Gerda, so the courts ruled the shooting as self-defence. Charlize went on to win an Academy Award.

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Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg’s dark past will be shocking to most. After becoming a cocaine addict at 14, he dropped out of high school and joined a local gang. Mark resorted to robbing and selling drugs to get by. He was jailed for 45 days after attacking two Vietnamese men, leaving one blind in one eye. He was charged with attempted murder but pleaded guilty to assault.

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Leighton Meester

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Kevin Spacey

House of Cards star Kevin Spacey has a dark past that he prefers to keep secret for obvious reasons. Kevin’s brother, Randall Fowler, revealed that their father sexually abused and beat him. He also claims he was a member of the American Nazi Party and dressed like Hitler. Randall revealed that he considered suicide but chose not to so as to protect his younger brother.

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Toby Maguire

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Samuel L Jackson

I might be a case of art imitating life when you hear about this Hollywood star’s secret past. As a student in 1969, Samuel and friends held hostage members of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees demanding for changes to the curriculum. Samuel was a man of action from an early age!

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Christian Bale

He’s known for playing some of Hollywood’s most famous parts but his childhood could have been taken out of a Hollywood movie script. Christian’s mother worked for a circus as a clown and a dancer. The actor spent most of his childhood travelling around Europe and lived in over 15 different cities.

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Nicole Richie

Nicole may have grown up in a life of privilege as Lionel Richie’s daughter, but her life could have been very different. Nicole’s birth mother was a backstage assistant to Lionel Richie and her biological father is a former member of Lionel’s band. Lionel and his wife took Nicole in when her biological parents were unable to provide for her due to financial reasons. The Richies formally adopted her when she was 9 years old. She went on to find fame as Paris Hilton’s BFF.

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Al Pacino

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Channing Tatum

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Shania Twain

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Joaquin Phoenix

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Jack Nicholson

This Hollywood heavy weight has a past that resembles a plot in movie. His mother, June, gave birth to him but her parents- Jack’s grandparents- chose to raise him as their own son. They took the secret to their grave and it was not until a journalist stumbled across the truth that Jack found out the truth about his family.

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