Autopsy ordered for Morosini

2012-04-16 14:05

Rome - Investigators looking into the death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini during a weekend game have designated a toxicological expert to take part in an autopsy scheduled for Monday.

"We are in the world of football, therefore we want to be thorough with an examination that gives us the widest possible picture about the cause of death," La Gazzetta dello Sport quoted assistant prosecutor Cristina Todeschini as saying.

Morosini died 30 minutes into a Serie B game at Pescara's Stadio Adriatico on Saturday, collapsing and never regaining consciousness after an apparent heart attack.

Pescara prosecutors opened a manslaughter investigation against unknown persons, giving autopsy pathologist Cristian D'Ovidio 60 days to produce a report.

D'Ovidio is to perform the examination with toxicologist Simona Martello, from Rome's Catholic university.

Piergiulio Morosini, a cousin representing the family of the deceased footballer, was said to have designated an expert witness to follow the postmortem.

"Some clubs and associations asked to nominate their own expert, but we gave the opportunity only to those damaged by the death, that is the relatives of the boy," Todeschini said.

It appears that prosecutors are not focussing on a badly parked city-police car that was said to have delayed the arrival of an ambulance on the pitch.

The mayor of Pescara said Saturday that the city had opened an investigation on possible responsibilities of the officer in charge of the car.