Former West Ham and Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop 'conscious' after collapsing live on TV

Former Newcastle United, West Ham United and Portsmouth goalkeeper Shaka Hislop holds the Special Merit Award trophy.
Shaka Hislop passed out while being interviewed on TV Credit: ESPN/PA

Former West Ham and Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop regained consciousness after collapsing before Sunday’s friendly between Real Madrid and AC Milan. Hislop, who made 26 appearances for Trinidad and Tobago, was working as a pundit for ESPN in California when he fell to the ground during a pitchside interview at the Rose Bowl. ESPN colleague Dan Thomas immediately called for help before he was later able to provide a positive update on London-born Hislop. Thomas tweeted: “Shaka is conscious. The medics are looking after him.” During half-time of the friendly between Real Madrid and AC Milan, Thomas was able to offer more detail on the condition of the 54-year-old, who played for Reading, Newcastle, West Ham, Portsmouth and Dallas across a 15-year professional career.

“Half-time here at the Rose Bowl, it is AC Milan 2 Real Madrid 0 but that of course is very much secondary to what happened ahead of the game,” Thomas said on ESPN. “My mate, Shaka, (is) not here, but as it stands, it’s good news. He’s conscious, he’s talking. “I think he’s a little embarrassed about it. He’s apologised profusely, not a man who likes people to make a fuss of him. “Obviously far too early to make any sort of diagnosis, but the important thing is that Shaka’s conscious and we spoke to his family as well because you imagine seeing that happen live, there can’t be many more things that can scare you. “Fortunately we have spoke to his wife and things are looking OK.”

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