Matt Jarvis: More live-savers needed in football

9 May 2012

England and Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer Matt Jarvis has called on more life-savers to be trained and introduced into the sport.

The midfielder has acknowledged that events over the past few months have heightened the need for an increase in medical professionals being made available in football.

One of the biggest stories in the sport recently was when Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch after suffering cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie involving Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.

The midfielder has since been allowed to leave hospital and return home, but not before being fitted with a device which will give his heart a shock of life should he go into cardiac arrest again.

Looking into how footballers can be better protected in future, Mr Jarvis acknowledged: "It would be fantastic if the UK's football stadiums were filled with people who knew exactly what to do in a medical emergency."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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