Joking Ginola eases health fears after scare

Date published: Friday 20th May 2016 8:48

David Ginola: Recovering

David Ginola: Recovering

Former Spurs and Newcastle star David Ginola has eased fears over his health following reports in France he had suffered a heart attack.

French newspaper Nice-Matin on Thursday afternoon reported the 49-year-old former winger had suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the day while playing football in Mandelieu, where he was attending a celebrity golf tournament.

The publication claimed Ginola had been transferred from there by air to a hospital in Monaco and was unconscious but in a stable condition.

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

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

He said: “Footy match in the midday sun, not very clever. Now having some tests done.

“Whoever voted for a World Cup in Qatar in the summer?”

Ginola, who won 17 caps for France and also had spells at Aston Villa and Everton, retired from the professional game in 2002.

Tottenham tweeted their best wishes, saying: “Good to hear @teamginola is doing well. Everyone at the Club wishes you a speedy recovery!”

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