Former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop collapsed during a live pre-match analysis of the AC Milan vs Real Madrid fixture at the Rose Bowl in California. Co-host Dan Thomas called for help quickly as Hislop fell over. The frightening scene was televised live, though fortunately Hislop is in good condition now and has regained consciousness. The Trinidad and Tobago player was reported to be feeling a bit embarrassed about the whole incident.
Barely five or so minutes ahead of kick off, Hislop was talking to Thomas about Real Madrid and their signing of Jude Bellingham as a box-to-box player as well as a potential swoop for PSG’s Kylian Mbappe. Thomas then began to speak before Hislop lost his balance and collapsed.
Thomas was unsure what was happening for a moment but when Hislop fell, he immediately began to shout for help. He screamed, “Shak! Shak! Help!”
Watch the incident unfold here:
Hislop has recovered and is doing better. Thomas shared an update first on social media and then during half-time of the friendly game. During the first half he tweeted, “Shaka is conscious. The medics are looking after him.”
Then, during half time, he gave a broader update. At this time , he said, “My mate, Shaka, not here, but as it stands, it's good news. He's conscious, he's talking, I think he's a little embarrassed about it all. He apologized profusely. Not a man who likes people to make a fuss of him. Obviously far too early to make any sort of diagnosis, but the important thing is that Shaka's conscious and we spoke to his family as well, because you imagine seeing that happen live."
Madrid overturn 2-0 deficit
Aside from the health scare, the friendly was an entertaining affair that fans of either club would have enjoyed. Milan went up 2-0 in the first half following a header by Fikayo Tomori and a long range shot by Luka Romero.
But the Spanish giants clawed their way back through two goals by Fede Valverde before Vinicius Jr gave Los Blancos the lead in the 84th minute.