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Soccer referee dies at suburban St. Louis game

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SAPPINGTON, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis soccer referee has died after collapsing on the field.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that 59-year-old Jim Duniven of Sappington suffered an apparent heart attack Thursday during a match at Lindbergh High School. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.

Kirkwood High School boy's soccer coach Chris Steinmetz says Duniven had just issued a yellow card to 1 of his players when he collapsed. A doctor and an athletic trainer for Lindbergh performed CPR until emergency workers arrived.

Players from both teams formed a circle in the middle of the field, linked arms, and prayed while the referee was attended to.

Duniven was 2005 referee of the year by the Missouri State High School Activities Association.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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