A football player who stopped breathing after a cardiac disruption was left waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance during a game last night, with his teammates slamming Malta’s Football Association for a severe lack of resources in the country’s lower leagues.
“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,” Shamison Farrugia wrote in a Facebook post last night.
Yesterday evening, Santa Venera Lightnings Captain Yau-Mun Law suddenly fell to the ground and lost consciousness during a third division game at the Centenary Stadium in Ta Qali.
“He wasn’t breathing for 5 to 10 minutes,” one person told Lovin Malta.
Players of both sides stood and anxiously watched on as they waited for the ambulance to arrive. Luckily, photographer Walter Sargent was on hand to give Yau-Mun Law some much needed first-aid.
Yau-Mun Law is now in stable condition, according to the club.
The club was also full of praise of the Mater Dei staff for looking after their captain during this difficult time.
The players are still angry at the MFA, with calls for a boycott of the stadium until an ambulance is provided at all lower division games.
“We all have our loved ones it’s not worth risking it,” Farrugia wrote.
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