Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek ‘critical’ after cardiac arrest


The former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek is in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Srnicek was out running when he collapsed while on holiday in the Czech Republic, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

He was taken to the Ostrava-Poruba hospital where he is said to be fighting for his life. A hospital spokesman, Tomas Oborny, said: “I can confirm that he is hospitalised in our hospital, but on the wishes of the family will not disclose details of his condition.”

Srnicek’s English agent, Steve Wraith, told the BBC: “I spoke to his sister-in-law in the Czech Republic who said his heart had stopped. He is in a critical condition in hospital and remains unconscious.”

Wraith later tweeted: “I can confirm that Pavel has suffered a cardiac arrest whilst running and is in critical condition in hospital.

“Pavel was running last night and his heart stopped he was like that for 20 minutes then rushed to hospital he is an induced coma until wed.

“Then they will see if his heart is stronger and if so bring him out of the coma… no one knows if his brain has been to starved of oxygen.”

Srnicek, 47, had been in the north-east last week to launch his autobiography before returning to his family home for Christmas.

He was signed by Jim Smith and played for Newcastle between 1991 and 1998, helping them win promotion to the top flight during the 1992-93 season. He returned to the club on a season-long deal in September 2006 as cover for the injured Shay Given.

He also had a couple of seasons at Sheffield Wednesday, made a handful of appearances for Portsmouth and West Ham, along with spells in Italy and Portugal.

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