Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Khem has responded angrily to reports published last week stating that the German driver has begun walking following his skiing accident back in 2013.
The claims came last week when German magazine Bunte published a story on their front page in which they claimed Schumacher had made enough progress with his therapists to be able to walk and lift one arm. In response to this his manager gave the below statement.
"Unfortunately, we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true."
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“Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael. Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many involved people."
It is clear that Khem is not happy with the way the German publication has behaved, specifically for supplying the drivers many worldwide fans with false hope.
Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a ski crash whilst on holiday with his wife and children in Mirabel, France in December 2013. He was placed into a coma for six months in a bid to keep him alive.
He was then transferred home in September last year to continue his rehabilitation. Since then there has been no official news regarding his progress, with his family understandably eager to keep his situation private.
With this in mind, it is perhaps understandable why Bunte took it upon itself to make these claims, with no one from Schumacher's family or management team keeping his millions of fans informed on his progress or well-being.
However, supplying false information and false hope was a poor way for them to conduct their business and they look set to pay the price for their immoral actions.