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Brazilian futsal player killed by broken court - USA Today
Sunday, 07 March 2010 18:27
futsalwireUSA TodaySAO PAULO (AP) — A futsal player has died during a match in Brazil after a piece of the court's wooden floor came off and struck him in the abdomen. ...Earthtimes (press release)

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SAO PAULO (AP) — A futsal player has died during a match in Brazil after a piece of the court's wooden floor came off and struck him in the abdomen.

Globo's G1 Web site says 23-year-old Robson Rocha Costa died of hemorrhagic shock Sunday, a day after the accident in a friendly match in southern Brazil.

Witnesses say Costa was hurt after a sliding play near the end line.

A small piece of the court apparently came off as he was sliding, initially hitting his thigh and then making it to his intestines.

Costa was immediately taken to a hospital and underwent surgery, but succumbed to his injuries.

Authorities said they would investigate the circumstances of the accident.