Footballers could have lifesaver chips
9:06am Friday 15th February 2013 in News
FOOTBALL lawmakers will be asked next month to allow trials of an electronic chip in players’ shirts which could warn of medical problems such as the heart attack suffered by former Bolton Wanderers’ midfielder Fabrice Muamba.
The laws of the game currently ban any electronic communication between the players and staff in the technical area.
Now, the International FA Board (IFAB) has been asked to consider making an exception for chips inside the collar of a player’s shirt which can feed back data such as heart performance, body temperature and the distance being covered.
It is understood FIFA is wary about allowing the electronic chips, but Stewart Regan, chief executive of the Scottish FA, said it was a “no brainer” if there were medical benefits.
Muamba collapsed during an FA Cup tie at Tottenham in March last year. His heart stopped for 78 minutes before doctors saved him.
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