Former Nottingham Forest stars Andy Reid and David Johnson have led the tributes to a young Nottinghamshire footballer who has sadly passed away.
Dylan Rich was playing for West Bridgford Colts in an FA Youth Cup match against Boston United on Thursday evening when he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest on the pitch.
Efforts were made by the club using a defibrillator to revive the youngster. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he remained in a critical condition. Tragically, he passed away on Sunday morning following a brave fight.
A statement by West Bridgford Colts said: “It is with great sadness that, following the events of Thursday evening, we have to announce the tragic passing of Dylan Rich.
“This news has left everyone involved with our club devastated and heartbroken.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Mike and Anna, his sister Lucy and Dylan’s family, friends and teammates.”
“The club would like to thank everyone within the Colts and wider football community for the hundreds of heartfelt messages and thoughts that we have received over the past few days.
“The club will provide all the support it can to those players and club officials impacted by this tragic event, but for now there are no further words possible, and we ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this incredibly difficult time.”
Forest pair Gary Brazil and Andy Reid paid their respects to the talented player who operated as a left-winger for the Nottingham-based club.
Time for football to act following latest tragedy
We currently live in a world where players can move clubs for £100 million. Yet, we still have clubs lower down the pyramid that don’t have access to a defibrillator.
The cost of the piece of equipment ranges from £750 to £1300. That seems like a drop in the ocean, considering Manchester City can fork out £100 million for one footballer.
Of course, having access to a defibrillator doesn’t automatically mean life will be preserved. In this tragic incident, that wasn’t the case but thank heavens West Bridgford did have access to one, allowing for treatment to be administered straight away.
It’s time for the FA to step in. All clubs up and down the country should have access and there really is no excuse. We’ve seen the incident at Euro 2020 with Christian Eriksen and these incidents are becoming more common in today’s game.
Following the events of the past few days, the thoughts of everyone at Nottingham Forest News go to Dylan’s family, friends, teammates and everyone at West Bridgford Colts Football Club.