Cardiac request

ZURICH - National football associations should carry out more screening as part of the fight against sudden cardiac death in footballers across the world, soccer's world governing body Fifa said recently.

ZURICH - National football associations should carry out more screening as part of the fight against sudden cardiac death in footballers across the world, soccer's world governing body Fifa said recently.

Several footballers have died as a result of sudden heart failure in recent years and Spanish players called in August for an improvement in tests after Espanyol's Dani Jarque collapsed and died from heart failure aged just 26.

"Our purpose is to enlarge what Fifa is doing. We give the example but now we ask all the national associations to follow," Michel D'Hooghe, chairperson of the Fifa medical committee, said on the sidelines of Fifa's medical conference in Zurich.

"It is clear that in some national associations professional players are correctly examined before the season. It is not so that we have to ask everyone, but let's try to make a general rule of it," he said.

Fifa has so far recommended that pre-tournament medical assessments be carried out at its international events, but this has yet to be made compulsory. - Reuters

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