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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CSKA Fans Gather to Mourn Perkhun

Hundreds of CSKA fans mourned their goalkeeper Serhiy Perkhun on Wednesday, a day after he died from a brain hemorrhage following an accidental clash of heads with an opposing player during a match.

The Ukraine international, who would have turned 24 next week, was in a coma for 10 days after colliding with Anzhi Makhachkala striker Budun Budunov in a Premier League game Aug. 18.

High-ranking sports and government officials, politicians and ordinary fans, many of whom were sporting the club?s scarves, lined up at the CSKA Sports Complex to pay a final tribute to Perkhun.

Among those in attendance were Russian soccer chief Vyacheslav Koloskov, the country?s sports minister Pavel Rozhkov and Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov.

?Serhiy, please forgive me for inviting you to play in my team,? said a tearful CSKA coach Pavel Sadyrin, who had the misfortune to lose another goalkeeper in an accident 10 years ago.

?But I can promise you that we in CSKA will continue in our quest to be the best, to be champions. That is what you wanted.?

?There?s probably some ill fate that surrounds our club every 10 years,? said one middle-aged fan. ?20 years ago Valery Kharlamov died, then 10 years later it was Mikhail Yeremin and now Perkhun.?

Kharlamov, Soviet and CSKA ice hockey star, died in a car crash in August 1981, while CSKA goalkeeper Yeremin was also killed in a car crash in June 1991, just one day after his team beat Torpedo Moscow in the Russian Cup final.

Perkhun will be buried in his hometown of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. He leaves a pregnant wife and a young child.

CSKA officials have promised to take care of Perkhun?s family for the rest of their lives.

?No one should even doubt that the club might abandon them,? said CSKA spokesman Sergei Aksyonov.

?They will be taken care of for the rest of their lives.?

Perkhun?s promising career was cut short in only his 13th game for CSKA.

He quickly turned into one of Russia?s top goalkeepers in his first season with the army side, which he joined from Moldovan champion Sherif Tiraspol at the start of the season.

Perkhun also made his national team debut for Ukraine in a friendly against Latvia just two weeks ago.

?He had his all life ahead of him and now he is gone,? Sadyrin said. ?Sometimes life is so unfair.?