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Savidan happy despite career-ending illness

Savidan happy despite career-ending illness

Former Caen striker Steve Savidan feels lucky to have been diagnosed with the heart condition that forced him to stop his career earlier than expected.
Poised to join Monaco until tests revealed the problem, the 31-year-old Savidan retired from football this summer.
"I thought it was my lucky day," Savidan said Tuesday in an interview with L'Equipe sports daily. "I've been told to stop before it breaks. I've been betrayed by my body and the only medication is to stop intensive sport."
Last season, Savidan scored 14 league goals for Caen, which was relegated to the second division, and he made his debut for France in a friendly match against Uruguay.
"We applied a medical precautionary principle," Savidan said. "I was risking sudden death. To play my life at Russian roulette is not my thing."
Savidan added that his condition wasn't in any case related to doping practices or to his hectic life.
"I have never been doped," Savidan said. "My only dope is beer. With moderation. Some people believe that my illness results from my rock and roll lifestye. It is the result of my sports activities."
Earlier this month, the 26-year-old Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque died of heart failure in his team's hotel on the eve of a friendly against Bologna in Italy.
Last year, Lilian Thuram, France's most capped player, announced his retirement at age 36 _ citing a heart condition that stopped him from moving to Paris Saint-Germain.


Updated : 2021-04-20 03:36 GMT+08:00