Shelbourne have confirmed the tragic passing of under-16s player Izzy Dezu on Tuesday night.
In a brief statement on their Twitter page, the First Divison side confirmed that Dezu has died having collapsed in their match against St. Kevin’s Boys in the District Schoolboys League U-16 Premier Division.
We are heartbroken to have to confirm the news that our Academy U16 player, Izzy Dezu, collapsed and died during a match last night.
The thoughts of everyone at Shelbourne FC are with his family and friends who have been devastated by his tragic loss.
May he rest in peace.
— Shelbourne FC (@shelsfc) December 13, 2017
Multiple reports state that Dezu was treated by paramedics from Dublin Fire Brigade at the AUL Complex before being brought to Beaumont hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
— League of Ireland (@league_ireland) December 13, 2017
Tributes have been pouring in from other clubs in the League of Ireland as the impact of this tragedy is felt in the footballing community all over the country:
Tragic news this morning that our Shels Boys Academy U16 player, Izzy Dezu, collapsed and died during a match at the AUL Complex last night. Our thoughts, prayers & deepest sympathy are with Izzy’s family & team mates at this devastating time. pic.twitter.com/6tOrPR7q9u
— Shelbourne Ladies FC (@shelslfc) December 13, 2017
We at St Kevin’s Boys Fc would like to pass on our Condolences to the family,Friends and everybody at Shelbourne Football Club after their young academy player Izzy Dezu collapsed and died in a game last night.Very Sad news Rest In Peace young man.
— St Kevin’s Boys FC (@FcKevins) December 13, 2017
— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) December 13, 2017
— Dundalk FC (@DundalkFC) December 13, 2017
We are desperately saddened to hear this news. Our sincere condolences to all of Izzy’s family, friends and all at Shelbourne FC. https://t.co/R5hIRwqbUt
— Wexford FC (@WexfordFC) December 13, 2017
An absolute tragedy. Our condolences to our friends @shelsfc and the family and friends of the late U16 player Izzy Dezu who passed away tragically whilst playing for his club Shelbourne yesterday. May he Rest In Peace
— Waterford FC (@WaterfordFCie) December 13, 2017
— Sligo Rovers (@sligorovers) December 13, 2017
— Derry City FC (@derrycityfc) December 13, 2017
— Cabinteely FC (@Cabinteely_FC) December 13, 2017
Our thoughts & prayers are with young Izzy Dezu, his family, friends & everyone at @shelsfc. Several of our current U17 team played with Izzy at our partner club @CherryOrchardFC for a number of years & will remember him fondly. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
— St Patrick’s Athletic FC (@stpatsfc) December 13, 2017
— Cobh Ramblers FC (@CobhRamblersFC) December 13, 2017
We send our condolences to Izzy’s friends and family and all associated with Shelbourne at this very sad time. RIP. https://t.co/KIkFg1f5BW
— Galway United (@GalwayUnitedFC) December 13, 2017
FAI CEO John Delaney has also issued a statement expressing his condolences to Izzy’s family, friends and everyone at Shelbourne:
“Everyone involved in Irish football is deeply saddened by the loss of Izzy Dezu at such a young age, particularly in these tragic circumstances.
“On behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Izzy’s family, friends, team mates and his club, Shelbourne FC. We will pay a special tribute to Izzy at the next Senior Men’s home international at the Aviva Stadium in 2018.”
May he rest in piece.