Malta’s football association head Bjorn Vassallo has promised to add two emergency vehicles on opposite sides of the island to deal with rapid interventions, following the cardiac arrest of Santa Venera’s captain.
Speaking to One following the news that the player was left waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance, Vassallo explained that with 5000 games per season it is impossible to have an ambulance at every match.
The MFA will also offer any psychological help to any person who is under shock from yesterday’s events.
“The player, who is a father of two children, was given immediate assistance from the MFA’s doctor that was at the ground,” Vassallo said.
Yesterday evening, Santa Venera Lightnings Captain Yau-Mun Law suddenly dropped to the ground after experiencing a cardiac arrest. The 30-minute wait drew staining criticism from both his teammates and online commenters.
“MFA DISGRACE. Our teammate is getting CPR because his heart stopped, and no ambulance is near the ground to help. It took 30 minutes to come from Mater Dei to the centenary Stadium in Ta’ Qali.”
“There should be a stand-by ambulance as there is in the Premier division. We are not different. We play the same game and follow the same rules,” teammate Shamison Farrugia wrote in a Facebook post last night.
Yau-Mun Law is now in stable condition, according to the club.