Alverca stated Apolinario collapsed within the 27th minute of the membership’s Portuguese third division match in opposition to UFC Almeirim on Sunday, after apparently struggling a cardiorespiratory arrest.
“It’s with deep unhappiness that we report, in accordance with the data supplied by the medical workers of the Vila Franca de Xira Hospital, the passing by mind demise of our athlete Alex Sandro dos Santos Apolinário, this morning,” Alverca tweeted on Thursday.
“FC Alverca Futebol SAD will present all the mandatory assist to his relations. Presently of mourning all of FC Alverca actions are canceled.”
In line with the UK’s Nationwide Well being Service, mind demise is “when an individual on a man-made life assist machine not has any mind capabilities.”
In a press release on Instagram following the incident on Sunday, Alverca stated Apolinario was attended to with a defibrillator by the membership’s well being professionals.
“Firstly, we wish to thank the Firefighters and Ambulance (Companies), who rapidly arrived on the stadium’s pitch and took care of our participant,” Alverca stated.
“We additionally wish to thank the assist supplied by all athletes and workers at UFC Almeirim on this very delicate second which we have been via and are experiencing in the present day.”
Apolinario got here via the youth ranks of Brazilian membership Cruzeiro and made a handful of first staff appearances earlier than his transfer to Portugal.
The promising younger footballer scored for Alverca in a well-known Portuguese Cup upset in opposition to first division facet Sporting CP again in 2019.