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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Match shaken by heart failure

Sunday’s match between men’s football (soccer) clubs Sogndal and Brann of Bergen took a dramatic turn when one of Brann’s players suddenly collapsed on the field because of heart failure.

Carl-Erik (“Calle”) Torp, age 26, was carried off the field on a stretcher and treated with heart-starter equipment in the locker room before being flown by air ambulance to Haukeland hospital in Bergen. On Monday his condition was reported to be stable.

Torp had gone on the field in the 78th minute of the match, which Sogndal won by a score of 1-0. He had been playing for around 10 minutes when he suddenly collapsed on another area of the field than where the ball was in action. One Sogndal player said it looked like Torp had cramps on the left side of his chest.

No one on the Sogndal side was jubilant over their victory, according to newspaper Bergens Tidende. “I’ll be happy when Carl-Erik Torp smiles at me next time,” said coach Harald Aabrekk.

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