Tuesday May 26, 2020
Frans Román Guzmán, defender of the University of Beni of the Second Division of Bolivia, died from the virus, being the first professional in the discipline during the health crisis. The pandemic has been seriously affecting the Altiplano country for weeks, whose football is in mourning.
Like much of the world, Bolivia is in a critical situation with the spread of the coronavirus. With 6,660 infected and 262 deaths to date, the country’s soccer is suspended like the rest of the continent.
However, despite taking all possible measures, the discipline confirmed today (05/26) the causes of the death of Frans Román Guzmán, defender of Universitario de Beni who disputes in the Second Division of Bolivia. The player became the first case of a soccer player who died of coronavirus in the world.
The president of the Football Association in Beni, Ángel Suárez, announced this news, noting that “this disease took recognized athletes, it is unfortunate to give this type of information.”
“As an association we are shocked by everything that is happening in the country and the world for a virus that has already taken many lives, the coronavirus is hitting Beni. You have to ask people to comply with the government’s determinations, “said the boss.
In addition to the player, the family also suffered the death of the father, Belizario Román, who stopped hours after his son due to the same disease and the athlete’s uncle, who was also the team’s coach.
Nicknamed the ‘Kiki’, the Bolivian defender defended the colors of the Bolivian national team in the U15, 16 and 17 teams.