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Published on May 25, 2012
FIFA have urged that a defibrillator is needed on every football field if sudden cardiac deaths are to be prevented. Speaking at the 2nd FIFA medical conference in Budapest, Hungary, the chairman of the committee Michel d'Hooghe stated, "If there is one word that we would like you to take away from here it is please let us have a defibrillator at every football field because that can be a matter of death or life." His comments come after separate cases in the last two months where two international footballers suffered from cardiac arrests. Piermario Morasini died whilst playing for Italian side Livorno, whilst Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba survived a cardiac arrest on the field after his heart stopped beating for 78 minutes.