Muamba incident is a real wake-up call to Maccabi footballers

Stuart Lustigman, the chairman of the Maccabi Masters League, has described the Muamba incident as "a real wake-up call" to Sunday morning footballers.

Lustigman this week emailed all clubs in the over-35's league, advising them to ensure they have someone qualified on hand to deal with similar incidents.

He said: "Hopefully some good has to come from adversity and we're calling for people to be educated. The response has been good so far.

"The fact that it happened in such a high-profile match made people sit up and take notice, but at amateur level it probably happens more than we realise."

Martin Berliner, the Chief Executive of Maccabi GB, says that he will write to all the Jewish football leagues to remind them of the importance of having a qualified first-aider.

Berliner said: "We have medical staff on hand at all our events. We were on the case prior to the Muamba incident and have a duty of care to do so.

"All our staff are trained, including those who coach in our after-school sessions."

Last updated: 11:27am, March 23 2012