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Boris Vukcevic crash: Hoffenheim play Augsburg

Hoffenheim to face Augsburg despite Vukcevic lying in coma after smash

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UPDATED:

12:06 GMT, 29 September 2012

Hoffenheim's players have been told to go out and play for Boris Vukcevic by the parents of the midfielder, who is still in intensive care in a Heidelberg hospital following a road accident on Friday.

Hoffenheim host Augsburg on Saturday afternoon aware that the 22-year-old remains in a critical condition after suffering serious head injuries in the crash.

However, Vukcevic's parents, who are keeping a bedside vigil, say Boris would want them to fight for him.

Crash: Bors Vukcevic is in a coma after suffering life-threatening injuries

Crash: Bors Vukcevic is in a coma after suffering life-threatening injuries

'This is the most difficult situation the team has ever been in,' the club's general manager Andreas Muller said.

'We would have been able to call the game off, but the team decided unanimously to play.

'We want our positive energy to be transmitted to the lad. We want to fight for Boris because he is also a fighter.'

Their decision to take to the field at the Rhein-Neckar Arena was taken after receiving a message from the player's parents.

Destruction: Vukcevic was involved in head-on collision on Friday

Destruction: Vukcevic was involved in head-on collision on Friday

'After receiving that, the team and the club decided to play,' Muller added.

Vukcevic is in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery.

The former Germany Under 21 international's car collided head on with a lorry on a main road near the club's training ground and he had to be cut free by firefighters before being airlifted to hospital.

The driver of the lorry also needed hospital treatment for minor injuries.

Shrewsbury fire forces Port Vale postponement at Greenhous Meadow Stadium

Shrewsbury's promotion charge dented after fire forces Port Vale postponement

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UPDATED:

06:27 GMT, 28 March 2012

Shrewsbury dropped out of the automatic promotion places in League Two after their match against Port Vale was dramatically postponed due to an electrical fire.

James Collins gave Graham Turner's side a 50th minute lead but the match was halted 14 minutes later when smoke began billowing out of the East Stand at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium.

Supporters were evacuated when the floodlights failed in the Roland Wycherley Stand before firefighters rushed to the scene to attend a serious fire within the control room.

Up in smoke: Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out a fire in the control room at Shrewsbury's stadium

Up in smoke: Firefighters rushed to the scene to put out a fire in the control room at Shrewsbury's stadium

A stadium announcement declared the match could not go on 15 minutes later. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the match will now be rescheduled for a later date.

'The initial reaction when the lights went out was that you see it all the time and that they'd soon be back on,' Shrewsbury striker Terry Gornell told BBC Radio Shropshire.

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'You're in the game and you're not worrying about what's happening off the field.

'But, as soon as they started evacuating the stand, you knew there was slim chance of it carrying on.

'The main thing is nobody was hurt and it all went smoothly but we're in shock. We can't believe this has happened.

'It was one of our best performances of the season and we were playing some great football.'