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Defibrillator call for all soccer stadia in world

EVERY football pitch around the globe should have emergency care equipment on hand to help treat any players that suffer the same condition as former footballer Fabrice Muamba, experts have said.

The ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder was effectively dead for more than an hour when he collapsed following a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match last year.

Now researchers have said officials at games around the world should adopt a universal standard of emergency medical care. In June this year, the emergency medical bag was sent to all of the 209 member associations of Fifa.

And the guidance on sudden cardiac arrest – the leading cause of sudden death in football – outlines "fundamental measures" to prevent a player dying from the condition, the experts said.

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