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Indian Footballer Peter Biaksangzuala Dies From Spinal Injuries After Performing Somersault

20/10/2014 15:03 BST | Updated 20/10/2014 17:59 BST

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An Indian footballer has died after sustaining spinal injuries when attempting a celebratory somersault.

Peter Biaksangzuala had just scored for Bethlehem Vengthlang against Chanmari West last Tuesday.

He was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery but the 23-year-old died of his injuries on Sunday morning.

A statement from his club said: "Bethlehem Vengthlang FC midfielder Peter Biaksangzuala lost his fight for survival after he suffered a fatal injury while celebrating his goal.

"It has been a sad day for Mizoram football and the demise of the footballer shook his team-mates, footballers and fans alike all over Mizoram.

"Peter was a defensive midfielder who had always been aggressive and hard working, a true team player. Like most defensive midfielders, he was excellent at reading the game, breaking up attacks and protecting his defenders.

Biaksangzuala was a midfielder for the team and his number 21 jersey will be retired in tribute.

His coach, Danny Lalduhawma, added: "Peter was a lad with good manner who always maintained his discipline on and off the pitch. I don’t think there are many like him."