Brazilian futsal referee suffers fatal heart attack during match (VIDEO)
The 44-year-old referee unexpectedly collapsed on the ground in front of players who immediately rushed to help him. Bianchi was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being taken to hospital by ambulance.
Despite an attempted resuscitation by medics the referee died in hospital. The Brazilian Futsal League (PFL) expressed condolences to the referee’s family.
#Arbitro sufre infarto en partido y muere— En la Línea (@EnlaLineaOnline) May 11, 2019
Mientras dirigía un partido, el árbitro de futbol sala, Isildo Fabiano Bianchi sufrió u infarto, por lo que fue trasladado de emergencia a un hospital, pero en el trayecto dejó de existir. pic.twitter.com/zWZ8BuX2Lm
“The LPF (Paulista Futsal League) deeply regrets the death of referee Isildo Fabiano Bianchi da Silva, 44, who unfortunately died on Friday night (10) during the match between Intelli and Taubaté in São Paulo Carlos (SP), validated by the first phase of the Paulista Cup,” the league said in a statement.
“All necessary medical procedures were carried out in hospital, but unfortunately the referee could not be revived.”