The dead body of football player Patrick Ekeng, who died on the playfield on May 6 during a match between Dinamo and FC Viitorul, was laid in repose at the Dinamo Stadium in Bucharest on Friday morning.
More than 1,000 fans, together with all the team’s players, coaches, leaders and other Dinamo Club employees came to pay respect to Ekeng before the body is flown to the player’s native Cameroon for burial.
The funeral convoy was welcomed to applause at the stadium.
Two Christian Catholic priests held a service of nearly 15 minutes in French and Romanian.
Also attending the ceremony was Deputy Chairman of Romania’s Professional Football League (LPF) Robert Pongracz, who laid a wreath from LPF.
Dinamo announced it is withdrawing for good number 14, the number on Ekeng’s shirt.
Patrick Ekeng of Dinamo Bucharest died on May 6 after collapsing on the playfield in a match against Viitorul Constanta, which ended in a 3-3 tie.
Prosecutors probing death of football player Ekeng
Hearings are being held today at the Prosecution Office with the Bucharest Tribunal in connection with the death of Dinamo Bucharest soccer player Patrick Ekeng, judicial sources tell Agerpres.
Last Saturday, the Prosecution Office with the Bucharest Tribunal said crime prosecutors and officers of the Homicide Service were conducting a probe into the cause of the player’s death as an instance of involuntary manslaughter and ordered a fact investigation.
A criminal case was built to establish the circumstances of the death.