Indian player dies from injury in goal celebration

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2014 11:11 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Mizoram Football Association says a 23-year-old Indian soccer player has died after injuring his spine while celebrating a goal with somersaults.

Peter Biaksangzuala landed on his back while doing flips last Tuesday in the northeastern state of Mizoram. He died Sunday.

Biaksangzuala scored in the 62nd minute. After his celebration went bad, he was stretchered off the field to a local hospital.

Mizoram Football Association general secretary Lalnghinglova Hmar called Biaksangzuala "a very good and disciplined footballer" who hoped to play in the national I-League.

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The football association is planning to organize a match in his memory.