Man collapses and dies while playing football at Sportspace in Hemel Hempstead

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A man aged in his 40s died after collapsing while playing football yesterday evening.

Emergency services, including the air ambulance, were called to the astro-turf pitch Hemel Hempstad’s Sportspace just before 6pm.

An East of England Ambulance spokesman said: “Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the man was pronounced dead.”

Before paramedics arrived staff at the leisure centre did their best to save the man using CPR and a defibrillator.

His family have been informed and police say they are treating his death as non suspicious.

A spokesman for Sportspace said the staff involved will be offered counselling.