Updated: Thursday, 12th December 2019 @ 5:59pm

Tragic on-pitch death of Marc-Vivien Foe remembered by Manchester City 10 years on

Tragic on-pitch death of Marc-Vivien Foe remembered by Manchester City 10 years on

By Colin Rhodes

The tragic on-pitch death of Manchester City midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe was today remembered 10 years on by the club – while his number 23 shirt remains retired to this day.

Foe, who was just 28-years-old, collapsed while playing for Cameroon in the Confederations Cup semi-final on June 26 2003. He died despite attempts to resuscitate him.

The cause of death was later found to have been of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a hereditary condition known to increase the risk of sudden death during physical exercise.

Manchester City Club Ambassador Mike Summerbee told the club website: “In his short career at Manchester City, Marc-Vivien Foe made a huge impression, not only on the pitch, but off it, too and was a very popular figure among supporters, staff and team-mates alike.

“He is still sadly missed by everyone at City and will always have a special place in the Club’s history.”

Foe spent the 2002-03 season on loan at Manchester City from Lyon having been bought to the club by then manager Kevin Keegan.

He played 35 times for City and scored nine goals.

Picture courtesy of Sam the Manc, with thanks.

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