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I Had No Idea What Futsal Was Before, But Some Guy In Brazil Died While Playing It

Robson Rocha Costa, a 23-year-old Brazilian futsal player, died from hemorrhagic shock Sunday in Sao Paolo after a piece of the wooden floor which futsal is played on broke off and struck him in the abdomen.

Witnesses say Costa was hurt after a sliding play near the end line. A small piece of the court apparently came off as he was sliding, initially hitting his thigh and then making it to his intestines.

Costa was immediately taken to a hospital and underwent surgery, but succumbed to his injuries.

Yeesh.

Futsal, according to the always-reliable Wikipedia, is a variation of indoor soccer where “the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regulation football.”

This is the first time I have ever heard of the game, but I’m not much of follower of soccer to begin with, so there you go. I guess you learn something new every day, and that particular nugget of knowledge is don’t ever play futsal in Brazil on a shoddy, dilapidated playing surface. I guess with that and discovering what fustal is, I have already learned two things today, and now I need a nap.

Brazilian futsal player killed when piece of court breaks off and pierces him [Sporting News/AP]