Indian Soccer Player Dies After Goal Celebration Gone Horribly Wrong (Video)
An Indian soccer player has died after injuring himself during a goal celebration.
You read that line and you think it must have been the most insane goal celebration ever. But that’s the really terrifying part. It was not a particularly excessive celebration. It was something we’ve seen in every pro soccer league in the world.
The Indian soccer player in question is Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, of Bethlehem Vengthlang FC in the third tier Mizoram Premier League. Last Tuesday he celebrated scoring the equalizer in a game against Chanmari West FC with a handspring and a back flip. However, he did not make it all the way around on the backflip and landed on his head. His teammates then came to his side and immediately signaled for help.
Upon being taken to the hospital, a CAT scan revealed a severe spinal injury. He passed away on Sunday morning.
Bethlehem Vengthlang FC issued a lengthy but moving statement on their official Facebook page later that day. Here is an excerpt:
Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala lost his fight for survival after he suffered a fatal injury while celebrating his goal. It has been a sad day for Mizoram football and the demise of the footballer shook his teammates, footballers and fans alike all over Mizoram. Peter’s club Bethlehem Vengthlang FC will retire his jersey no. 21.
In this life, one is required to make many very worldly decisions. Sometimes we take risks and sometimes we take opinions of experienced people. But the only fact on which you will rely when you decide to donate your eyes to the blind, is a good heart. And Peter had a good heart. He donated his eyes for a suffering blind person and he had that desire to help him or her see the world and lead and enjoy a normal life. Peter while he was in the hospital bed told Bethlenhem Vengthlang secretary Lalruatfela ”Sir, I’ll be with God” and the last entry in his diary was from the Bible -2 Chronicles 16:9 – “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
As Peter sleeps, the world can rest in the knowledge that someone out there would be able to see and the football pitch will always be one man down. And heaven has gained a defensive midfielder; apart from the hard tackles and the breaking up of attacks, goal celebrations will never be painful anymore. Goodbye Peter.
The video of the incident is obviously a little unsettling given the outcome. However, the actual incident doesn’t look like much at all, which to me makes it all the more disturbing.
Take a look if you wish:
What a horrible tragedy. I bet you won’t ever look at goal celebrations the same way again.
Hat Tip – [Dirty Tackle]