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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CSKA Keeper Dies From Head Injury

CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Serhiy Perkhun died Tuesday, 10 days after slumping into a coma following an accidental clash of heads with an opposing player during a Premier League match.

CSKA press secretary Sergei Aksyonov told reporters that the Ukraine international died at 5:30 a.m. local time in the neurological unit of a Moscow hospital.

The 23-year-old leaves a wife and young child.

In a statement on the CSKA web site, the club said it had suffered "a great misfortune," having been robbed of a "helpful, sensitive and fearless" player in his prime.

"Today, at 5:30 a.m., the heart of a wonderful person and a great brother stopped beating. It is difficult to find words to express the grief felt by Serhiy's family and all at the club.

"We will keep you forever in our hearts and our memory," ended the statement, which was signed by the club management, trainers, players and staff.

Perkhun's death came just hours after the club said his condition had deteriorated. A scan revealed that his brain cells had started to die after the flow of blood to his brain had stopped.

Perkhun clashed heads with Anzhi Makhachkala striker Budun Budunov in a Premier League match on Aug. 18. He was transferred to a special military hospital in Moscow last Monday, but failed to regain consciousness.

Budunov remains in intensive care in a Makhachkala hospital with serious concussion. Initially, he appeared to have suffered the worst of the clash as he was knocked unconscious, while the extent of Perkhun's injuries only became apparent later.

After the incident, CSKA banned sports daily Sport-Express from covering its home matches for the season season following the newspaper's alleged insensitivity in its report following the incident.

CSKA spokesman Aksyonov said the Moscow club was outraged by the article published Aug. 20 in Sport-Express, which quoted Makhachkala doctors as saying they gave Perkhun only a 5 percent chance of survival.

"Perhun's father called CSKA president Yevgeny Giner and said that he almost had a heart attack after reading the story," Aksyonov said.

"What kind of ethical norms do they [the newspaper] have to print such a thing? But they even refused to apologise.

"All our players were also outraged to read the story and decided to stop giving interviews to this newspaper."

It was not the first time Russian players have clashed with local media over what they perceived as biased coverage.

Earlier this year, Russian national team players decided to impose a code of silence toward the country's media after some journalists suggested that Russia's home World Cup qualifier against Yugoslavia in June was pre-arranged because the 1-1 result suited both teams.

Russia coach Oleg Romantsev reluctantly called off the media ban two weeks ago, but some players said they would remain silent.

Perkhun, who transferred to CSKA Moscow last year from his native Ukraine, is to be buried in his hometown of Dnipropetrovsk in southeast Ukraine, Interfax reported. No date was given for the funeral.