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League Cup match abandoned after Leicester defender Clarke collapses in locker room

League Cup match abandoned after Leicester defender Clarke collapses in locker room

A player's collapse in the locker room at halftime caused an English League Cup match between local rivals Nottingham Forest and Leicester to be abandoned on Tuesday.
Forest was winning 1-0 at home when Clive Clarke, who joined the Foxes on loan from Sunderland two weeks ago, fell seriously ill at the interval.
Rival managers Colin Calderwood and Martin Allen addressed the crowd to tell the fans what had happened and the game was called off as Clarke was taken to a nearby hospital.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Clive and his family at this current time," Leicester chief executive Tim Davies said. "He is not very well, but at least he's talking which he wasn't at one point."
Clarke's illness came hours after Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta died, three days after collapsing on the field during his team's Spanish league match against Getafe.
The 22-year-old Puerta had been in an intensive care unit since Saturday. He lost consciousness and fell near his own goal on Saturday in the 31st minute, but was able to walk off minutes later after being treated by team doctors.
Doctors said he had a heart attack in the locker room, and at least one more in the emergency room of the Seville hospital where he was taken.
On Aug. 18, Argentina rugby center Martin Gaitan fainted in the locker room at Millennium Stadium after playing Wales, and was rushed to a Cardiff hospital where he had an operation for a partial tear in a coronary artery. He was released from the hospital four days later but will miss the World Cup starting next week.