Sunday April 15 2012
Minister pledges more medical checks

Minister for Sport Piero Gnudi has urged “everything possible to guarantee accurate and frequent medical tests” for athletes.

The issue was raised after 25-year-old Piermario Morosini died during Saturday’s Pescara-Livorno Serie B match.

“First of all, I want to express my sorrow for the death of young Piermario Morosini and offer condolences to his family and friends.

“It is always difficult to accept the death of a young man of only 25, especially during a context of enjoyment and sport.

“The recent repetition of dramatic incidents like this must also force us to work on doing everything possible to guarantee accurate and frequent medical tests so that we may limit in every way the chance of it happening again.”

Fabrice Muamba survived a similar cardiac event during Tottenham-Bolton last month, while Antonio Cassano underwent surgery for a congenital heart defect after he suffered a stroke on the flight to Milan.

Italian sport already has strict screening programmes for cardiac problems, but there are now fears even they do not go far enough.