Rio de Janeiro – The coach of Brazilian pro soccer club Vasco da Gama, Ricardo Gomes, is in serious but stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery to drain the blood from a cerebral hemorrhage, officials at Pasteur Hospital in Rio de Janeiro announced Monday.
Gomes suffered the hemorrhage Sunday night during Vasco's match with Flamengo.
The 46-year-old coach had to be removed from the Joao Havelange Olympic stadium in an ambulance, and he was taken to the nearby Pasteur Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.
He will remain under observation at least until Wednesday in the intensive care unit, according to his medical team.
The physicians said that only after a few days have passed will it be possible to determine whether Gomes will have any aftereffects from the incident and/or surgery.
Among those who came to the hospital on Monday morning to get information about the situation were Vasco da Gama club president Roberto Dinamite, Flamengo coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo and several of Gomes's players.
In February 2010, the Vasco coach was admitted to a Sao Paulo hospital after suffering "a small cerebral vascular change" and he remained there for two days.
Gomes played on the Brazilian national team and coached his country's Olympic soccer squad.