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Gardaí investigating death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho

The 28-year-old Portuguese fighter was hospitalised and later died following a fight against Irish fighter Charlie Ward.

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING the death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho.

A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that all sudden deaths are investigated and that a file will be prepared for Dublin Coroner’s Court.

The 28-year-old Portuguese fighter was hospitalised and later died following a fight against Irish fighter Charlie Ward at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Charlie Ward’s father, Charles Ward Senior, spoke out yesterday saying his son did not go out to kill anyone and should not have to accept any of the blame for the tragedy.

The Health and Safety Authority also confirmed to TheJournal.ie that it’s looking at the incident.

In a statement it said, “Generally people who suffer injury or death during sporting activity fall outside of the remit of the HSA.

We will however examine the circumstances of this tragic incident to determine if there is an employer employee relationship and if we have a role.

The Irish Amateur Pankration Association (IAPA) says it is working diligently with TEF to gather and evaluate all relevant facts and event processes and will participate in any investigation.

A post mortem is due to be carried out today.

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