French football has been rocked by the death of 15-year-old Mohamed Savane. The midfielder – who spent two years in the youth set-up at Stade Reims – was playing with friends when the tragedy occurred.
It is believed that the youngster suffered a suspected heart attack on the pitch, with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Bordeaux all offering their condolences.
Savane played for Reims’ U14 and U15 side’s before joining partner club Cormontreuil FC last summer.
The Ligue 1 outfit have announced they will pay tribute to their former youth star against Rennes on Sunday, where they will hold a minute’s silence in his honour.
⚫ Le SDR profondément sous le choc. Passé par les U14 et U15 du club avant de rejoindre cet été le Cormontreuil FC, Mohamed Savane s’est éteint hier, lors d’un match entre amis. Le SDR est tourné vers sa famille, ses proches et tout le football rémois, secoués par ce drame. ?⚫ pic.twitter.com/Uxe2iggMXi
— Stade de Reims (@StadeDeReims) February 14, 2019
While his face will be projected onto the screens inside Stade Auguste-Delaune, with players to wear black armbands out of respect.
Speaking of the player, Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot said: “I do not have words. To leave at 15 years is already a real drama.
“But when it happens more on a football field, between friends, we are in dread. The whole club thinks of Mohamed’s family, his parents in particular, and his family.