Referee halts Benfica-Braga youth match after the death of David Veiga's mother

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Tragedy struck during an under 19 game between Braga and Benfica this week.

The youth match was meant to be like any other and featured two of Portugal's biggest clubs, giving them a chance to provide minutes to their conveyor belts of up and coming talents.

On this particular occasion, it was Benfica who gained the upper hand and led the game 4-2 going into the closing exchanges.

However, for incredibly sad reasons, the game would never reach the regulation 90 minutes as the referee made the decision to end the contest early.

That's because news had reached the Braga team that David Veiga's mother, Sandra Pinto, had passed away on her journey to the game.

Tragedy in Portugal

Braga coach Artur Jorge was informed of the news on the touchline and, in tears, requested to the referee that the match was halted at the current scoreline.

With roughly a minute and a half left to play, the contest was respectfully called off and Veiga was notified of the day's tragic developments.

The accident occurred on the A1, near Condeixa-a-Nova, causing five injuries and leaving Veiga's father in a critical condition in hospital.

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'Terrible hour of pain'

Sadly, the mother of the young footballer did not survive the crash.

An official statement explained: "SC Braga notes with great regret the death of David Veiga's mother, Sandra Pinto, who was a victim of a road accident when she was heading to the match that the juniors played against SL Benfica on Saturday afternoon of the National Youth Championship.

"In this terrible hour of pain and consternation, the club is and will be with the player, wishing that his father, who was also in the car, can get out of the critical situation in which he is.

"For consideration to David Veiga and the personal tragedy that he goes through, SC Braga hopes that his privacy will be preserved and respected."

We send our condolences to Veiga, his family and everybody affected by the tragedy.

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