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Former Newcastle United footballer David Ginola has reportedly been rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.
The 49-year-old is said to have fallen unconscious after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest following a golf competition in France this afternoon.
It is understood the footballer fell ill on a football pitch at the home of Jean-Stéphane Camerini – the organiser of the Mapauto Golf Cup – in Mandelieu, on the south coast, at around 4.30pm.
French media reports that the former Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton player is now in a stable condition after being intubated and ventilated at the Hospital Princess Grace of Monaco.
Just two days ago, the French-born former international footballer appeared healthy and in good spirits when he was pictured attending an event at One Mayfair in London.
Following the event, he is said to have flown back to his native France to take part in the 5th edition of the Mapauto Golf Cup which sees athletes, actors, musicians and journalists battle it out on the golf course.
Ginola, who grew up in France, played in his homeland before making the move from Paris Saint-Germain to Newcastle United in a £2.5million move in July 1995.
He made his Newcastle debut against Coventry City on August 19, 1995, in a 3-0 win and scored his first league goal on August 27 against Sheffield Wednesday in a 2-0 away victory.
He also made 17 appearances for France between 1990 and 1995, scoring three goals.
He later went on to play for Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton before retiring in 2002.
Since his retirement from the game, he has become involved in several new pursuits, including acting and football punditry.
Ginola is a regular contributor to BBC, BT and CNN and hosts ‘Match of ze Day’ (‘MozD’), a programme which broadcasts live Premier League matches on Canal+ in France.
He is married to fashion model Coraline and the pair have a son and a daughter, Andrea and Carla.