16 April 2012
There have been renewed calls for heart screenings and cardiac medical tests to be more frequently administered in football, following an on-field tragedy in Italy.
Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini collapsed and died on the pitch on Saturday (April 14th) while playing in a Serie B match at Pescara.
A post-mortem examination will be conducted to reveal how the 25-year-old died, though cardiac arrest is the suspected reason for the incident.
Italy's sports minister Piero Gnudi believes the death highlights that more frequent medical tests need to be conducted in football.
Mr Gnudi explained: "The recent repetition of dramatic incidents like this must … force us to work on doing everything possible to guarantee accurate and frequent medical tests so that we may limit in every way the chance of this happening again."
Morosini's sudden death comes just weeks after a FA Cup quarter-final tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers was abandoned after Fabrice Muamba suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch of White Hart Lane.
The incident caused many well-known athletes to call for heart screenings to be made compulsory across all forms of sport.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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