Shittu backs ex-Millwall striker's call for heart screenings

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DEFENDER Danny Shittu has urged the Football Association to introduce regular heart screenings for professional footballers.

Ex-Lions youngster Tobi Alabi has set up the Heart4More Foundation since being forced to retire last year and Shittu is backing his former teammate's campaign.

Alabi is hoping to raise £7,000 so that 100 young people can be screened before a football match.



And Shittu said: "It is very important and the governing bodies need to make it happen because it's not something the players will do by themselves.

"Too many footballers are needlessly dying.

"I support a lot of good causes around the world, not just the UK, and what Tobi is doing – the Heart4More Foundation – is something that needs to be supported."



Alabi added: "Danny's stature will help raise the profile of the Foundation and make other players step up and take notice."

Over £4,500 has already been pledged to Alabi's foundation – click here to make your own donation.

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9 thoughts on “Shittu backs ex-Millwall striker's call for heart screenings

  • March 21, 2014 at 10:24
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    Not good for the young fella to have his career end early , had a few young aussie lads die on the field in recent years due to heart issues . Hope he,s able to still make a contribution in the sport and this cause works out for him.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 10:32
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    FULLY AGREE WITH THE ABOVE....................
    ALSO GLAD DANNY SHITTU IS GETTING THINGS NOTICED ON HERE AND ELASE WHERE.
    GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE ! ALWAYS.................
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    JUST CHANGING THE SUBJECT !!!!
    GET A GOOD WIN AT LEEDS UTD TOMORROW FOR ALABI, DANNY AND ALL AT MILLWALL FC,
    MAKE AS MUCH NOISE AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE......
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    STORMIN' NORMAN

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    • March 21, 2014 at 10:46
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      @bermlion: credit to you all for doin the road trips and turnin up at the den. it's great when ya winning but a hard grind when things aren't going so good.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 10:42
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    I would have thought the big fat salaries that these players are on they could all cough up a few bob between them. £7k its peanuts to these guys.

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    • March 21, 2014 at 11:13
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      @potty1: I totally agree with you potty,but i do know a lot of player's do donate money and give their time to these good cause's,so it would be nice to know who they are and what cause's they support.no need to know how much they donate just what they do to support these cause's.
      Take craig bellamy,not many people's cup of tea [unless he play's for your team then we would all love him]he is doing great thing.s in poor region's of Africa with kid's football academy's ,where the first rule is if the kid's don't go to school then they can't play football,so if they don't make it at football,which the vast majority won't,
      then at least they get some kind of education.
      What i would like to see is all club,s nominate a good cause they are going to support and then player,s and supporter's alike can get behind that cause and it would be a stronger effort all round.
      MILLWALL FC,fans and player,s have shown great support for the JIMMY MIZEN foundation and i hope we continue to support it,as they come across as a really good family and although i never met JIMMY or his family im told by people who have met them,that is what they are a very good family.
      Now if every club in the FL had a good cause,that was being helped along by the kind of support we are giving JIMMY's foundation, football club's would be seen in a much better light.
      It annoy's me that apart from the SLP no national newspaper has picked up on what the club is doing for this foundation,but then we are millwall.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 10:59
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    It needs to happen and the over rich FA should cough up the money, as well as the likes of £300,000 per week Rooney's of this world. I vividly remember a 15 year old boy collapsing on a school playing field only to die later of a heart condition.

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    • March 21, 2014 at 13:46
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      @Peckhamlad: That's where the money needs to be spent on this, grass roots. Clubs can all afford a defibrilator themselves.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 11:10
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    The clubs should make it compulsory especially with the youngsters there's no excuse for clubs not to do so with the silly wages their paying the professions

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  • March 21, 2014 at 11:13
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    Sorry meant to spell professionals

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