Mizoram footballer dies after somersault goal celebrations go wrong

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Mizoram footballer dies after somersault goal celebration
Aizwal (Mizoram), Oct 20: Young Mizoram footballer Peter Biaksangzuala has died after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, media reports said Monday.

Peter, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring an equaliser for his Aizwal-based team Bethlehem Vengthlang FC in a Mizoram Premier League match.

He was a native of Khawzawl town in Mizoram.

Peter's team was trailing Chanmari West FC by a goal for 62 minutes when the midfielder scored the equaliser.

He celebrated with a series of somersaults, landing on his head and remained on the ground in pain. He was carried off the field and admitted to the Aizawl Civil Hospital.

His team lost the match 2-3.

All attempts to repair his spinal cord at the hospital failed and he passed away Sunday.

Footballers often injure themselves while celebrating a goal, but there is no record of overzealous celebration causing death of players.

IANS

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