English Amerika Selatan

Guzman first South American footballer to die because of COVID-19

Deibert Frans Roman Guzman became the first South American footballer to die because of COVID-19, after suffering for weeks in hospital.

The 25-year-old Bolivian played for Universitario del Beni in Bolivian league.

The death comes after his father Belizario Roman and his uncle Luis Carmelo Roman died because of the virus.

They were all from Beni, one of the most affected states in Bolivia by the COVID-19 after recorded over 1,200 cases and 77 deaths.

President of the Bolivian Football Federation, Angel Suarez pays tribute to Guzman, who is a former Bolivia youth international.

“The Bolivian Football Federation expresses its heartfelt condolences to the friend and family of Deibert Roman Guzman, and we ask God for strength in these hard moments.

“This illness has taken recognised sportspeople. It is regrettable to give this type of information.

“As an association, we are dismayed at what is happening in the country and in the world from a virus that has taken many lives. Coronavirus is hitting Beni. We ask people to follow the Government’s orders.”