Indonesian goalkeeper dies after collision with teammate, opponent

Huda collided after rushing out to a ball in his own penalty area. (YouTube)

Choirul Huda, a 38-year-old goalkeeper for Indonesian club Persela FC, died Sunday after colliding with a teammate and opponent during an Indonesian first-division match against Semen Padang.

Huda was rushed to a nearby hospital in an ambulance after being carried off the field on a stretcher. The club announced his death later in the day:


According to a doctor’s statement on the club’s website, an initial analysis suggested that there was a possibility Huda suffered head and neck trauma.

Below is the video. It shows replays of the collision that eventually resulted in Huda’s death. If you choose to watch, please be aware that it is graphic, especially given that we now know the injuries were fatal.

The match was completed after the injury, with Persela winning 2-0. Players and staff reportedly went straight to the hospital after the match, where they were informed that Huda had been pronounced dead.

Huda had played for Persela for 18 years. The club called him a “legend of Persela” in its tribute on social media.