David Ginola ended speculation that he was in a coma after suffering a heart attack by tweeting out to say he was fine. He did, however, confirm he was in hospital having 'some tests done'.
Several publications rushed to report that the former France international had suffered a heart attack whilst playing a football match in Mandelieu on the French Riviera. He had been there to take part in a golf tournament but could not resist a kickabout with a bigger kind of ball.
L'Equipe, The Sun, and Sky News all reported that he was in a serious condition but Ginola quickly dispelled the speculation by tweeting: "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?"
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Article continues below
The message appeared to show the 49-year-old remained in good spirits but did at least prove that something serious had happened. He is believed to be in a hospital in nearby Monaco.
The footballing world was left on tenterhooks after Sky News reported this:
Ginola's reference to the Qatar 2022 pays homage to Ginola's ill-fated attempt to storm into the world of football politics last year. The former Tottenham and Newcastle star ran to replace Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA and openly criticised the corrupt bidding process that led to the desert state winning the tournament.
His campaign was quickly killed off after it was revealed to be a publicity stunt for bookmakers PaddyPower, but Ginola's concerns were real. Qatar reaches 50 degrees in the summer, exactly when both players and fans were expected to attend football matches.
There were serious safety concerns ahead of the tournament, which is widely believed to have been won with an extensive campaign of bribery. It has now been moved to the winter, but temperatures can still be expected to reach between 18 and 25 degrees.
A spokeswoman confirmed to The Telegraph that Ginola was indeed unconscious when he arrived at hospital but was in a 'stable' condition.
“Initially, everyone thought he messing,” said Christophe Pinna, who was with Ginola when the incident occurred.
Ginola was a well-respected footballer during his time, winning the PFA Player of the Year award in 1999. He, however, only managed 17 caps for his native France but has since gone on to become a respected pundit in both England and his homeland.
Everyone at GiveMeSport would like to wish David a speedy recovery.