Serie A

Medics blamed for Morosini death

Piermario Morosini, Livorno
Udinese's Piermario Morosini died of heart failure while playing on loan for Livorno.
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Snapshots from Piermario Morosini's professional soccer career.

An inquest into the death of Piermario Morosini during a Serie B match last year has blamed four medics for their inadequate treatment of the soccer player.

Morosini collapsed and died during Livorno's match at Pescara on April 14 because of a heart attack. Forensic tests later revealed he had a genetic heart disease.

The 25-year-old Morosini was on loan from Serie A team Udinese.

The three judges say the absence of a defibrillator had "a causal role in the death of Morosini." They criticize the doctors of both clubs, the paramedic and the first doctor to attend to Morosini upon his arrival at the hospital.

Most of the criticism has been directed at paramedic Vito Molfese, whom the judges say should have assumed the role of leader and immediately used a defibrillator.

Ernesto Sabatini (Pescara) and Manlio Porcellini (Livorno) also come in for heavy criticism for not using the defibrillator, which was brought onto the pitch approximately 25 seconds after Morosini's collapse.

The next hearing has been set for April 19.

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