IFAB mulling over putting in electronic body monitors on player's uniforms in event of Muamba's stroke

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 12:00 hrs

Football officials are thinking about considering trials of an electronic chip in the shirts of players which could warn them about any medical problems, in light of the heart attack suffered by footballer Fabrice Muamba on the pitch.

The International FA Board (IFAB), the football law body would be asked to consider the decision during its upcoming annual meeting, the Independent reports.

Favouring the move, chief executive of the Scottish FA, Stewart Regan said that it will be advantageous if the chips could warn of any health problems so that there is no repeat of the Muamba incident.

Regan said that the chips, which would be fixed in the collar of a player's shirt, can feed back vital data like heart performance, body temperature and the distance covered by the player.

The IFAB is likely to ask for a trial to take place before any permanent decision is made, the paper added.

Muamba collapsed during an FA Cup tie at Tottenham in March 2012 after his heart stopped for 78 minutes before doctors saved him. (ANI)

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