Former England defender Kenny Sansom in hospital with 'head injury'

LONDON: Former defender of England Kenny Sansom , who played in the infamous 'Mano de Dios' World Cup quarterfinals in 1986, was in hospital on Friday after suffering a serious head injury, British media said.

A message on the 61-year-old former Arsenal player's Twitter account confirmed that he was receiving treatment.

However, his family did not comment on the cause of his illness, except to clarify that he did not have coronavirus.

Kenny is currently ill in the hospital. It is well attended and does not have COVID-19, said a statement on his Twitter account.

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Kenny's family and close friends kindly ask the media to respect their privacy and theirs, as well as that of the health workers who treat Kenny.

Reports in some sections of the British media claimed that he had suffered a serious head injury.

Sansom played 394 games for Arsenal and also participated in Crystal Palace, Newcastle, QPR, Everton and Watford.

He won 86 games as a left back, playing in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

Sansom was on the England team defeated by Argentina in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, a match that became famous for Diego Maradona The objective of 'The Hand of God'.

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