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Charlton Athletic's Mark Ricketts and Tottenham Hotspur's Radwan Hamed battle for the ball.

Charlton Athletic's Mark Ricketts and Tottenham Hotspur's Radwan Hamed battle for the ball.

Charlton Athletic's Mark Ricketts and Tottenham Hotspur's Radwan Hamed battle for the ball.

A teenage Tottenham Hotspur striker who suffered a life-destroying cardiac arrest on the pitch has launched a €9m damages claim.

Radwan Hamed was just 17 when he suffered a heart attack whilst playing his very first game for Spurs youth team against Belgian side, Cercle Bruges in August 2006. He was just nine days into his professional career.

The player was rushed to intensive care but suffered oxygen starvation and catastrophic brain damage.

Now the 25-year-old launched legal action against the Premier League club, along with an external consultant cardiologist, Dr Peter Mills, who screened him for heart defects before the club signed him.

Lawyers for Hamed value his claim at between €6.5 and €9m.

Yesterday Spurs confirmed that the medical staff in question were accepting full responsibility for their actions.

"We can report that following discussions at court today, two of our former medical staff have accepted that they are solely responsible for their actions in 2005 in respect of allegations originally made against the Club," a short statement read.

"They will continue to defend their own position in court.

The Club has been immensely supportive of Radwan and his family over the past 10 years and we wish them well for the future."

Comparisons have been made to Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton player who suffered a cardiac arrest during a televised match between Bolton and Spurs in 2012. Although his heart stopped for 78 minutes, he survived and later retired from the professional game. Muamba did not suffer oxygen starvation and catastrophic brain damage.

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