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Call for emergency pitch kits

Every football pitch around the globe should have emergency care equipment on hand to treat injuries or conditions such as cardiac arrest, experts have said.

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Call for emergency care equipment on football pitches

Players react as Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba is treated on the pitch. Credit: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Every football pitch should have emergency care equipment on hand to help treat any players that suffer the same condition as former footballer Fabrice Muamba, experts have said.

The ex-Bolton Wanderers midfielder collapsed following a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match in March last year.

Researchers said that officials at games around the world should adopt a universal standard of emergency medical care, set out by the world's football governing body Fifa, to curb the potential for serious injuries and deaths.

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