Bolivia.-the disputed match between Always Ready and the oil Orient was the scene of a tragedy when referee Victor Hugo Hurtado collapsed during the second time, this weekend.
The judge suffered a heart attack in the middle of the game and was lying on the grass. The players warned of the situation and the attendance quickly arrived, but despite being transferred by ambulance to the Dutch Hospital, the doctors were unable to revive him.
The game was played in the Colossus Stadium of Villa Ingenio, the second highest in the world, 4,150 meters above sea level. Consulted on a possible relationship between that factor and the complications suffered by the judge, Fernando Costa, president of Always Ready, said: «It is premature to talk about it.»
In addition, he added that «it would be imprudent» to establish a conclusion since Hurtado showed no complications or ailments the hours before the game. Even, the leader said that the referee directed last Wednesday the match between the Strongest and Blooming in the stadium Hernando Siles de La Paz, at 3,600 meters altitude, and since that day remained in the region awaiting this Sunday’s duel between the Always Ready and the oil Orient.
The unusual thing was that the match continued after being detained for a few minutes and who continued to direct was Joshua Benavides, who had started as fourth arbitrator, after agreeing with the attendees.
«The first cardiac arrest happened when we were about to move the patient. We’ve reinvigorated him on the court, managed to stabilize the vital signs. Arriving in the hospital emergencies began the second cardiac arrest and could not be Restabilizarlo, «said Erick Koziner, Doctor of Always Ready, in dialogue with the site Total sport.
Who expressed himself through social networks for what happened was Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales: «We regret the passing of referee Victor Hugo Hurtado, while he was running the match between Always Ready and the oil Orient. We send our condolences and solidarity to your family, friends and colleagues. Bolivian football is in mourning. » The president was the one who inaugurated the stadium in 2017.
The enclosure is the highest in the world if only those used for the first divisions are contemplated. However, the historical record is owned by the Peruvian stadium Daniel Alcides Carrión (4,380 meters).