Algerian footballer Sofiane Loukar has died after collapsing during a match on Saturday in the Algerian 2nd football league.

Loukar, who plays for MC Saïda, suffered a heart attack with medical staff unable to revive him.

The Algerian is the fourth football player to die this week from cardiac arrest.

Sofiane Loukar, 30, collapsed and died after suffering a sudden heart attack

The 30-year-old team captain fell to the ground in Saturday’s match against ASM Oran without taking contact from another player.

Medical staff immediately rushed to the scene to resuscitate him but were unable to save his life and he was pronounced dead shortly after.

This week has taken a tragic toll on the international football community.

Only 3 days ago, on December 22nd, Muscat FC and Oman national team player Mukhaled Al-Raqadi died after collapsing during the warm-up before the start of his team’s match against Al-Suwaiq Club.

Players and officials from both sides were visibly moved and in tears following the incident that saw the match abandoned before kick-off on Wednesday:

On the same day, Egyptian goalkeeper Ahmed Amin died after a sudden heart attack in the locker room just after finishing training.

And on December 23rd, a day later, Croatian footballer Marin Cacic died after being placed into a coma following his sudden collapse at training with his team NK Nehaj Sinj.

The unprecedented increase in players collapsing recently is leading to much speculation as to whether or not the COVID-19 vaccines are the cause of this terrifying new trend.

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