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The Spanish professional footballers’ association AFE and the Spanish football federation RFEF signed an agreement on Friday 23 March through which all clubs in the Spanish Tercera División (fourth professional level) will receive a defibrillator.


‘I want to thank the RFEF for taking the necessary steps in order to protect the players’ health’, said Luis Manuel Rubiales, president of AFE. The RFEF fully financed the project. ‘We, AFE, are working on very serious economic and laboral problems. But this project is much more important. This is about saving lives. If only one of the defibrillators will be used, the RFEF and we can be proud of the investment made.’


Jorge Carretero, RFEF spokesman, displayed his delight with the presence of a defibrillator at each football ground in the Tercera División. ‘A couple of years ago I could not have imagined that all clubs in the Segunda B (third level) and the Tercera would have a defibrillator. We have to thank the new board of AFE. This is very good for football in general, and not only for the players. If a fan were to have an accident, one of these defibrillators can save his life.’


AFE organized four presentations of the defibrillator in one week time. Last Friday three players from the Primera División attended the presentation in Madrid: Michel (Rayo Vallecano), Pedro Ríos (Getafe CF) and Adrián (Atlético de Madrid), and AFE showed a video message from Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).


On Monday Juan Carlos Valerón (Deportivo La Coruña) and Roberto Lago (Celta de Vigo) were at the ceremony in La Coruña. This Wednesday, Andrés Palop (Sevilla) and Jorge Molina (Real Betis) will attend the press conference in Seville. And on Friday, David Villa (Barcelona), Sergio García and Verdú (both Espanyol) will participate in the presentation in Barcelona.


Miguel García was a special guest in Madrid and La Coruña. The life of this former Salamanca player was saved by a defibrillator, when he suffered a cardiac arrest on October 24th 2010 in the game against Real Betis.


Last season, AFE equiped all clubs in the Segunda División A (second level) and Segunda División B with a defibrillator with the takings from a friendly international match between Spain and Colombia in February 2011. All defibrillators are supplied by the Oxidoc company.


Presentation in Madrid with the following players:  

Back row: Miguel García and Adrián

Front row: Michel, Luis Rubiales and Pedro Ríos




Picture above:

presentation in La Coruña with Juan Carlos Valerón, Roberto Lago and Miguel García