Victor Hugo Hurtado: Bolivian referee dies after suffering heart attack at world’s highest stadium

A referee has died after collapsing during a football match played at the world’s highest stadium in Bolivia.

Victor Hugo Hurtado fainted and collapsed in the 47th minute during the game at the El Alto Municipal Stadium, where he was taking charge of a match between Always Ready and Oriente Petrolero in the Bolivian Premier League.

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The Municipal stadium of El Alto, is located at 4,000 metres above sea level
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The 31-year-old had a heart attack on the field and then a second, fatal attack as he arrived at the hospital, which was confirmed by Always Ready team doctor Eric Kosziner.

At a huge 3,900m (12,795ft) above sea level, the ground is the highest professional football stadium in the world.

Bolivia president, Evo Morales Ayma, wrote on Twitter: “We regret the passing of referee Victor Hugo Hurtado.

“We send our condolences and solidarity to your family, friends and colleagues. Bolivian football is in mourning.”

Always Ready eventually won the match 5-0, with the game goalless at the time of the tragedy.

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