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Gianfranco Zola interested in Chelsea role but remains committed to Watford

Zola coy on Chelsea job as Blues legend admits club are still 'special' to him

having sold the Hornets to the Pozzo family.

The Hertfordshire outfit have this season sustained a serious bid for promotion to the Barclays Premier League and are currently third in the npower Championship table, just two points off the automatic promotion places, safe in the knowledge they have not received a points deduction.

They have, however, been hit with a transfer embargo of sorts, which still allows them to buy and sell players but only with prior authorisation of football authorities.

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

Irregular payments: Danny Graham was sold to Swansea in 2011

A statement on the Football League
website read: 'A Football Disciplinary Commission, in the case of The
Football League vs Watford Football Club and Mr Laurence Bassini, has
determined that both defendants breached Football League regulations
regarding the securitisation of future transfer fees and central
distributions.'

A further club statement on Watford's official website read: 'Following the publication today of the independent Football Disciplinary Commission's judgement, Watford FC is pleased to confirm that it has not received a points deduction or a fine.

'Former owner and director Mr Laurence Bassini has been banned from any participation in football for three years.'

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

Punished: Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini (left)

The statement continued: 'The club has been made the subject of a transfer embargo, but wishes to emphasise that the embargo referred to falls under Regulation 19 of the Football League Regulations.

'This is not an absolute bar on transfers, but rather a mechanism by which transfer business can be conducted by the club provided that the prior authorisation of the relevant football authorities has been obtained.

'It is clear from the decision of the Football Disciplinary Commission that the offences which the club has been found guilty of were committed by one or two individuals who are no longer associated with the club – and without the knowledge of the full board of the club.'

Doni suffered heart-attack during time as Liverpool goalkeeper

I almost died! Former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni reveals he suffered a heart attack last year

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

20:51 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 1 February 2013

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni shockingly revealed he suffered a heart attack in the summer which led to his long absence from football.

The 33-year-old Brazilian, whose last match for the Reds came on the final day of the 2011/12 season in May, has not featured in any squad since.

Liverpool, who refused to comment on
Doni's revelation, said it was for personal reasons but, after securing a
deadline-day move back to his homeland to join Botafogo, the goalkeeper
has explained the circumstances, which began while he was undergoing
medical tests at the club.

Revelation: Doni said he suffered a heart attack for 25 seconds

Revelation: Doni said he suffered a heart attack for 25 seconds

'I almost… I almost ended up on the other side. I had a heart attack for about 25 seconds,' the former Roma player told calciomercato.com in Italy.

'I've been to one of the best doctors in Europe who looked at me carefully. He's asked me to stop for a few months.

'Now I have to stay put until April, then I can return to the field, I want to play in the 2014 Paulista championship.'

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Doni also told Brazilian broadcaster Globo: 'I always had an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and during some tests in Liverpool suffered a cardiac arrest.

'I carried out checks across Europe and I had to extend my period of absence from the field.'

Fabrice Muamba says he could play football again

I could play again: Muamba says he'll make comeback if doctors give him the all clear

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15:14 GMT, 22 November 2012

Fabrice Muamba has not ruled out playing football again so long as he is given the all clear by heart specialists.

The Bolton midfielder was forced to quit the game in August after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton at Tottenham in March.

But now he says there is hope he could kick a ball again if his heart rate returns to normal.

Holding back the tears: Fabrice Muamba says he could play football again

Holding back the tears: Fabrice Muamba says he could play football again

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester Muamba hopes he could play again.

He said: ‘Maybe in two years, if I go for a check-up and my heart rhythm comes back to normality, we’ll see if anyone wants to take me on.

‘I really don’t know [if it will be possible to return]. It all depends on my heart rhythm and how it heals.

‘If it comes back to normality, we’ll see what the specialist says regarding me playing again. But at this present moment, I just have to take it easy and spend time with my family.’

Back on the pitch: Muamba went back to the spot where he suffered a cardiac arrest a White Hart Lane

Back on the pitch: Muamba went back to the spot where he suffered a cardiac arrest a White Hart Lane

Muamba’s heart stopped for 78 minutes following his collapse on March 17, and the world of football united as the DR Congo-born midfielder fought for his life.

He was released from hospital less than a month afterwards, but Muamba was advised to quit the game on medical advice.

Speaking about the incident at White Hart Lane, Muamba said: ‘On the day, I was fine. There was no heart problem, no irregular heartbeat – there was nothing like that at all. I was in the right condition and I was looking forward to playing the game.

‘Just before the incident, I felt kind of dizzy and couldn’t concentrate. My mind went into a different mode and, all of a sudden, I lost control. My heart just stopped and I fell down.

Horror moment: Bolton and Spurs players watch on as Muamba is treated on the pitch

Horror moment: Bolton and Spurs players watch on as Muamba is treated on the pitch

‘I wasn’t aware of anything at all. It wasn’t until I woke up on the Monday or Tuesday that I understood what was going on. I was very shocked because I wasn’t expecting to be in hospital.’

Muamba acknowledges that he is lucky to be alive, it was the passing of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini, who collapsed and died during a match in Italy in April, that truly gave Muamba a fresh perspective on his own recovery.

Will he play Muamba says there is hope he could play again

Will he play Muamba says there is hope he could play again

‘I couldn’t believe that could happen to me, but then when it happened to Morosini in Italy, that’s when I realised how big an issue it was,' added Muamba.

‘He didn’t survive and I survived. I just have to be grateful for the life that I’ve got now.’

Despite his career ending prematurely, Muamba is able to reflect on his achievements in the game, including representing England at various youth levels, winning promotion to the Premier League with Birmingham City in 2007 and playing more than 150 times in the top flight.

‘I’ve lived most people’s dream by playing football,” continued the former Arsenal youngster.

‘I’ve played in the Premier League and the Championship. I’ve played for the national team from Under-16 to Under-21, I played at the Under-21 Championship twice and I played in the FA Cup semi-final.

‘I’m grateful for it all. I can hold my hand up and say I tried my best.’

US Open 2012: Roger Federer handed walkover after Mardy Fish heart problem

Federer walks into quarter-finals after Fish forced to pull out over heart scare

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17:59 GMT, 3 September 2012

Roger Federer progressed to the quarter-finals of the US Open without hitting a ball on Monday as Mardy Fish pulled out of their scheduled fourth-round match for health reasons.

The American needed minor surgery earlier this year to correct an irregular heartbeat and admitted after his five-set second-round win over Nikolay Davydenko that doubts over his health remained.

Fish then had another long match against Gilles Simon in the third round, after which he did not do a press conference because of medical reasons.

Up next: Roger Federer will face Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals

Up next: Roger Federer will face Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals

The 30-year-old did not practice on Sunday and, although no further explanation has been given for his withdrawal, it is believed to be because of worries over his heart.

The walkover means Federer extended his record of consecutive grand slam quarter-finals to 34, and in the last eight on Wednesday he will play sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

The Czech has looked in fine form this tournament and reached his first quarter-final at Flushing Meadows with a dominant 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 6-1 victory over 11th seed Nicolas Almagro.

Old problem: Mardy Fish has had surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat

Old problem: Mardy Fish has had surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat

The first set was tight but Berdych gradually wore down Almagro and in the third set the Spaniard cut a frustrated figure.

Berdych and Federer have met 15 times before, with the Swiss player winning 11 of them, but Berdych did win their quarter-final clash at Wimbledon in 2011 before going on to reach his only grand slam final.

Blackpool"s Craig Cathcart has heart scare

Blackpool won't risk heart alert defender Cathcart in play-off after scare

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21:51 GMT, 2 May 2012

Heart scare: Craig Cathcart

Heart scare: Craig Cathcart

Craig Cathcart has undergone tests after suffering a heart scare ahead of Blackpool’s Championship play-off semi-final against Birmingham.

News of the former Manchester United defender’s condition emerged on the day Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba made an emotional first appearance in public at the Reebok since his cardiac arrest at Tottenham in March.

Northern Ireland centre half Cathcart, 23, has complained of palpitations in recent days and was immediately sent to see a specialist, who revealed he has a slightly enlarged heart.

Cathcart was cleared to resume light training on Wednesday but was fitted with an ECG device to track the problem and will continue to be monitored.

The defender, who left Old Trafford for Blackpool when the Seasiders were promoted in 2010, will not be risked in Friday’s semi-final first leg at Bloomfield Road as Ian Holloway’s side fight to get back into the top flight at the first attempt.

Blackpool striker Nouha Dicko, on loan from Wigan, was diagnosed with a similar problem recently after the Barclays Premier League club recalled all their players for heart tests following the Muamba incident.

Holloway said: ‘I’m glad checks have got to that level. I’m shocked because I didn’t realise how many young people it happens to.

Silver lining: The news emerged as Fabrice Muamba returned to the Reebok

Silver lining: The news emerged as Fabrice Muamba returned to the Reebok

‘Craig came to Phil Horner, our physio, and said, “I’m getting these funny feelings”. He thought it was a bit of tiredness but what he’s described is like an irregular heartbeat.

‘We took no risks. We sent him to be checked and he has a slightly enlarged heart but the specialist felt it wasn’t a problem. He could train today but then he was sent home with an ECG device.

‘Hopefully they catch what happens and identify what’s going on. They don’t feel it’s anything that’s going to be life-threatening.

‘It might be an anxiety thing. He’s recently become a dad for the first time and I think he’s finding it difficult with sleep deprivation and those kind of things.’

Fear: West Brom's Shane Long (left) also suffered a heart scare this season

Fear: West Brom's Shane Long (left) also suffered a heart scare this season

Several other incidents this season have led to heightened awareness of heart issues among professional footballers.

Blackburn’s French defender Gael Givet needed surgery after he suffered palpitations in a game at Sunderland, while West Bromwich striker Shane Long was diagnosed with pericarditis — a swelling of fibres around the heart brought on by a virus — when he was taken to hospital with chest pains in February.

Last month in Italy, Livorno midfielder Pierluigi Morosini, 25, died after collapsing during a Serie B game against Pescara.

Holloway added: ‘Everybody is being very vigilant. After Fabrice Muamba, no-one wants to see their player down on the floor like that fighting for their life.’