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Referee Ends Braga-Benfica Game Early After Player Learns Of Mother's Tragic Death

Referee Ends Braga-Benfica Game Early After Player Learns Of Mother's Tragic Death

A youth game between Braga and Benfica ended 90 seconds early after news of a tragic incident involving a player's mother emerged.

David Veiga's mother, Sandra Pinto, died in a car accident on the way to watch her son in action. His father was also in the car and is believed to be in a critical condition.

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The Braga Under 19 player was on the pitch when he received the heartbreaking news, with Braga manager Artur Jorge in tears as he told the referee.


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With Benfica leading 4-2, the man in the middle brought a halt to the game ahead of time out of respect for Veiga and both sets of players were completely understanding.

Via a rough translation, Braga issued the following statement on their official website:

"SC Braga notes with great regret the death of David Veiga's mother, Sandra Pinto, who was a victim of a road accident when she was heading to the match that the juniors played against SL Benfica on Saturday afternoon of the National Youth Championship.

"In this terrible hour of pain and consternation, the club is and will be with the player, wishing that his father, who was also in the car, can get out of the critical situation in which he is.

"For consideration to David Veiga and the personal tragedy that he goes through, SC Braga hopes that his privacy will be preserved and respected. "

Topics: Football News, Football, Benfica

Josh Lawless

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