NIFL clubs to get life-saving defibrillators for new season after Eriksen incident

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NIFL Chairman Gerard Lawlor

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All clubs in the Northern Ireland Football League are to be provided with life-saving defibrillators ahead of the new season. 

It follows scenes at the Euros when Denmark player Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and was resuscitated on the pitch. 

NIFL has issued a statement: "Following the distressing events at Euro 2020 in Denmark, a risk assessment by the NIFL Board outlined a desire to protect all our clubs to potentially help save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. 

"As a result, new defibrillators will be provided to 41 clubs within the NI Football League membership, including all teams in the Premiership, Championship, Premier Intermediate League and Women’s Premiership."

League chairman Gerard Lawlor added:

“The role of the NI Football League is not just to govern but to serve and protect our membership, and this is an important service that we can offer to our clubs to protect players, supporters and staff. 

“Everyone in football got a real shock at the events in Denmark a few weeks ago, so if this project saves one life over a period of time, we simply can’t put a value on that.” 

“The health and welfare of the people connected with our clubs is paramount and sincere thanks to my colleagues on the NIFL Board for their support in delivering this vital support.”

NIFL Chairman Gerard Lawlor pictured with Ballyclare Comrades manager Paul Harbinson and player Kyle Crawford

There are two games in the Danske Women's Premiership on Wednesday night. 

Linfield host Crusaders while Sion Swifts welcome Cliftonville.

Sion had a stunning first win of the season on Sunday, thrashing the Blues 6-0.

New manager Ryan McConville says it all clicked in an extra Friday night training session after a late defeat against Crusaders last Wednesday:

He's now aiming for a second victory over a top Belfast team, but Ryan realises it'll a tough test against the Reds:






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