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Motherwell captain O'Donnell dies

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Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell has died after collapsing towards the end of his side's Scottish Premier League game against Dundee United.
The 35-year-old midfielder fell to the ground just as he was about to be replaced with Marc Fitzpatrick near the end of Motherwell's 5-3 victory.
O'Donnell was treated for around five minutes on the field before being taken to a waiting ambulance.
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Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith led the tributes.
"This is absolutely devastating news," he said.
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"Phil was not just a wonderful footballer, he was a great human being.
"My thoughts are with his family at this tragic time."
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee had spoken briefly to the press after the game before going to hospital to find out how the skipper was.
"He's had some sort of collapse," he said at the time.
McGhee said O'Donnell's substitution had been "an absolute coincidence" before his sudden seizure.
"We just felt we would save him a bit for Wednesday," said the manager.
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O'Donnell's nephew, David Clarkson, was substituted moments later after scoring two goals in the Scottish Premier League match.
McGhee said: "We took Clarkson off because he got a fright from the nature of the collapse.
"A few of the boys got a fright."
A news conference has been called at Wishaw General Hospital, which will be addressed by chief executive Ian Stillie.
RIP 'tis getting more and more frequent now. :worried:
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His nephew's in the Motherwell team as well, and we're supposed to be playing them next....
 
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Yeh it says in the article his nephew was subbed immediately after because he had the ***** put up him by it.
 
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Sorry, I never read it properly, already knew cos it was on the radio, but kinda puts football in perspective, doesn't it?
 
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R.I.P Uncle Phil he was a class player just unlucky with injuries. David Clarkson is his Nephew and he just got scared and ran off the park but obv the ref etc understood. O'Donnell got up after he colapsed and was talking etc and died on way to the hospital. It's so sad:(
 
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