Antonino Barilla of Reggina (L) and Piermario Morosini of Livorno. Picture: Getty Images
Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini was rushed to a hospital on Saturday after collapsing during his team's Serie B match at Pescara.
Morosini fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the match and received urgent medical attention on the pitch. A defibrillator was also used on the 25-year-old player.
Morosini - on loan from Udinese - was then rushed to Pescara's Santo Spirito hospital. Italian news agency ANSA reports Morosini suffered a heart attack in the ambulance.
The player was conscious when he was stretchered off the pitch but was reportedly put into a medically induced coma at the hospital.
"He looked at me in the eyes when he was taken into the ambulance," Pescara's general manager, Danilo Iannascoli, told Sky Italia. "We are living through a drama."
Italian media reports said a car belonging to traffic police blocked the ambulance's way into the stadium and a window had to be broken so the car could be moved.
"I don't know if the ambulance was late, but I know that the entrance onto the pitch was blocked by a vehicle," Iannascoli said. "Morosini collapsed, he tried to get back up but then collapsed again."
The match was called off, with the other players leaving the field in tears. -Sapa-AP