According to the agent of the late Cameroonian footballer, Patrick Ekeng, FIFA must train all players regarding the treatment of heart related issues.
Hasan Anil Eken represented the late Ekeng who died due to cardiac arrest last year, and believes training players could prove crucial in a battle to save a player’s life.
Ekeng died in May 2016 whilst playing for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania and the ambulance that treated him had no defibrillator.
“With this injury, every second is very important to save lives,” Eken said in a letter to FIFA.
“Football players are the ones who are closest to (each other) – timing is important.
“The education to football professionals can be done twice a year to improve (their) confidence.
“Players should learn about first aid treatment – they should know what to do when these incidents happen.
“If there is a doctor, he should be the one to do it first. But what if not? Imagine training where no doctors are around and a team-mate starts to have SCA.
“Players will have two choices – either helping the player from what they have learnt or risking time to call a doctor.”
On the other hand, FIFA argues that SCA victims have a success rate of 90% for resuscitation if correctly treated within two minutes.
This involves using an automatic external defibrillator (AED), a device that sends a powerful electric shock to a heart to try to restore its natural rhythm.
Apart from Ekeng, two Cote d’Ivorean footballers in Cheick Tiote and Eugene Kouame passed away of suspected heart issues as well.