David Ginola tweets to say he is fine after heart attack reports

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David Ginola has eased fears over his health following reports he was rushed to hospital on Thursday.

French newspaper Nice-Matin had reported the former Newcastle and Tottenham winger had suffered a cardiac arrest while playing football in Mandelieu, where he was attending a celebrity golf tournament.

Tino Asprilla, (left) Kevin Keegan (centre) and David Ginola
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Nice-Matin reported Ginola had been transferred from there by air to a hospital in Monaco, that he was intubated and ventilated, and was unconscious but in a stable condition.

Subsequent reports suggested the 49-year-old, who last year briefly put himself forward as a candidate for the Fifa presidency, had in fact only fainted.

And on Thursday evening, Ginola gave a reassuring sign as he posted a message on Twitter which included a joke about the 2022 World Cup.

Ginola, who won 17 caps for France and also had spells at Aston Villa and Everton, ended his career as a professional player with retirement in 2002.