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Christian Benitez dies aged 27

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Ecuador striker Christian Benitez has died at the age of 27 after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest in Qatar on Monday.

The former Birmingham striker, who was linked with a summer move to Tottenham, signed a three-year contract to play for Qatar club El Jaish earlier this month following two seasons with Club America in Mexico.

He was a regular for his country and made the Ecuador squad for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

According to reports Birmingham will mark the player’s death ahead of Saturday’s Championship match against Watford at St Andrew’s.