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Football | Barclays Premier League

EPL to look at medical procedures



The Premier League will review its medical procedures in the wake of Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Muamba, 23, remains in intensive care where he spent a "comfortable night", according to the latest update on his condition from the London Chest Hospital and Bolton.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has questioned medicals in England but Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said on Tuesday that all issues will be looked at.

"What we will certainly be doing is looking at every aspect of what happened and if there are ways and means of improving, if there are ways and means of making it better in the future – just like we did in 2006-07 following the Petr Cech incident – we will do everything we can to make sure we reduce to the point of elimination, if we possibly can, things like that."

Speaking at a sports industry event in London, Scudamore said the Premier League had learned from Chelsea keeper Cech's injury in a Premier League match against Reading five and a half years ago in which he sustained a fractured skull.

"Incidents and events shape policy, shape developments, shape progress. There are no guarantees but we will do whatever we can to improve," he said.

Chelsea were critical of the time it took for Cech to receive proper treatment, prompting a review of procedures in case of a serious injury to a player.

All Premier League matches now have an ambulance on site specifically for players, as well as specialist doctors and a team of paramedics.

"In some ways, (Muamba's) life, if it is saved - and let's hope it has been saved - is as a result of the things a lot of us put in place after what happened with Petr Cech," added Scudamore.

Manchester City's Mancini said improvements in the Premier League could still be made in the way players are screened for potential heart problems by their clubs.

"We need to screen players maybe two times a year. In Italy we do this and the medicals are really accurate. When I saw our medicals two years ago (when I arrived at City) I said we need to improve our medicals," he told a news conference.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp, however, said Muamba could not have received better treatment than he did at White Hart Lane where he was given CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for several minutes on the pitch before being taken to hospital.

"When I saw them pumping his chest I feared the worst, but the medical assistance was just amazing," Redknapp, whose own squad had cardiac tests on Monday, told a news conference.

"Everybody from both clubs and one or two people from out of the crowd, cardiologists came down and helped. He couldn't have had better support and if it was going to happen it could not have happened in a better place really."

Muamba, an England Under-21 international, was still in a serious condition on Tuesday but was breathing on his own and was able to talk to family members.

"Fabrice Muamba has had a comfortable night in the intensive care unit at The London Chest Hospital, where the medical team is continuing to monitor his progress," a statement read.

"Fabrice's family has asked us to thank everyone again for their thoughts and prayers and for the continued messages of support, from which they draw great strength."

Saturday's FA Cup quarterfinal was abandoned before halftime following his collapse and Bolton's league match at Aston Villa on Tuesday has been postponed.

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