Fabrice Muamba calls for more defibrillators at grounds

Fabrice Muamba, manager of World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) XI looks on during the charity football match between Arsenal Legends XI and World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) XI at Underhill Stadium on June 23, 2013
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Fabrice Muamba warns that more defibrillators need to be made available in England's lower leagues.

Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba has warned that more defibrillators need to be made available to lower league clubs in England.

The 25-year-old, who suffered a cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane two years ago, now works closely with the Professional Footballers' Association.

Muamba believes that more life-saving equipment such as that which helped save his life is needed right across the sport.

"My incident happened at the right place at the right time," the former Arsenal youth product told The Guardian. "People were able to help me quickly but at lower league it would have been a completely different story.

"It's about being able to increase the emergency treatment in the lower leagues so if it happens there players can have the same treatment that I had.

"Access to defibrillators is key and being able to train everybody to do CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Access to defibrillators is very important. More equipment [is needed] and to teach kids about CPR. Teaching needs to be accessible to everyone, everywhere. It costs but you just need access to defibrillators."

The Football Association and British Heart Foundation joined together last year to set up a campaign to make 900 automated external defibrillators available to football clubs outside of the professional game.

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