Ginola calms fears after health scare with Qatar joke

David Ginola has eased fears over his health after reports he was rushed to hospital on Thursday.

David Ginola

David Ginola Source: AAP

French newspaper Nice-Matin on Thursday afternoon reported the former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur winger had suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the day while playing football in Mandelieu, where he was attending a celebrity golf tournament.

Nice-Matin reported Ginola had been transferred from there by air to a hospital in Monaco, that he was intubated and ventilated, and was unconscious but in a stable condition.

Subsequent reports suggested the 49-year-old, who last year briefly put himself forward as a candidate for the FIFA presidency, had in fact only fainted.

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And on Thursday evening, Ginola gave a reassuring sign as he posted a message on Twitter which included a joke about the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Ginola, who won 17 caps for France and also had spells at Aston Villa and Everton, ended his career as a professional player with retirement in 2002.


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Published 20 May 2016 at 4:31am
Source: PA Sport