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Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell dies after collapsing during match against Dundee United

Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell dies after collapsing during match against Dundee United

Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell collapsed and died Saturday, overshadowing games in the Scottish Premier League.
The 35-year-old O'Donnell collapsed just as he was about to be substituted late on in his team's 5-3 win over Dundee United. He was carried from the field and taken to Wishaw General Hospital by ambulance.
"Motherwell Football Club and Dundee United medical staff believe he suffered a seizure and efforts were made to revive him en route to hospital," Motherwell said in a statement. "Despite the efforts of the two club's medical staff, and medical staff at the hospital, Phil did not regain consciousness."
O'Donnell's nephew David Clarkson, who scored twice as Motherwell strengthened its hold on third place, was substituted a few moments after O'Donnell because he was upset by the incident.
Elsewhere, Celtic beat visiting Gretna 3-0 to keep the lead of the 12-team standings.
Rangers won 2-1 at Hibernian in Saturday's early game, leaving Celtic in need of victory to retain top spot _ and the defending champion got the win through goals by Scott McDonald, Scott Brown and Aiden McGeady.
McDonald put the home side ahead in the 35th with a shot from the edge of the area, and Brown made it 2-0 four minutes after halftime.
Celtic controlled the game and twice hit the frame of the goal before McGeady scored with a deflected shot in the final minute.
Celtic has 43 points from 20 games, two more than Rangers, which has played two games fewer.
Falkirk beat visiting Hearts 2-1, and Inverness Caledonian Thistle beat visiting Kilmarnock 3-1 in the day's other matches.


Updated : 2021-03-03 04:56 GMT+08:00