Doctor handed suspended jail term for Patrick Ekeng death


The emergency doctor who was pitchside when Cameroonian Patrick Ekeng died while playing in Romania in 2016 has been handed an 18-month suspended jail sentence for negligence.

Ekeng was 26 when he collapsed and died of heart failure during Dinamo Bucharest’s match against Viitorul in May 2016.

The following month, Elena Duta, the medical specialist in the ambulance which took the midfielder to hospital, was charged by prosecutors who said she made no attempt to resuscitate the player.

On Thursday, a Romanian court ordered her to pay 200,000 euro ($227,000; £179,000) in damages while also sentencing her to 60 days of community service.

Duta was not immediately available for comment following the ruling, the news agency Reuters reported.