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."