Tributes have been paid to former Burkina Faso international Ben Idriss Derme, who passed away during a French Cup match on Sunday.
The 34-year-old collapsed after suffering a heart attack early in the second half of AJ Biguglia’s French Cup match against local rivals Furiani at the Stade Paul-Tamburini on the island of Corsica.
Derme received medical treatment on the pitch, but the first respondents were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead soon afterwards.
The tragedy has prompted a response from clubs across the continent, with some of the player’s former employers joined by Europe’s biggest sides in paying their respects to the defensive midfielder.
Derme spent four years with CA Bastia – the city’s second side – reaching the second tier with the Corsican outfit.
They were one of the first clubs to pay tribute to Derme, who began his career with Etoile Filante in his homeland before moving onto Europe and Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol in 2004.
“It’s with great sadness that we have learned today of the death of Ben Idrissa Derme, AJ Biguglia player, and former player of CA Bastia for four seasons,” read a statement on their @CABastia Twitter handle. “We feel the pain of the family, of his close ones and of his teammate.
“Your smile and your kindness will always be engraved in the history of the club,” it continued. “Rest in peace, Ben Idrissa.”
Derme also featured for two other Corsican sides, USC Corte and EF Bastia, while another, AC Ajaccio, also paid their respects to the West African.
“Sad condolences to the family of Ben Idrissa Derme of AJ Biguglia, who died suddenly on Sunday,” read a statement on their official handle.
Europa League holders Sevilla also offered a note of condolence for the player, who won four caps for Burkina Faso.
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