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Former Indian football captain, who also had a distinguished coaching career, suffered a cardiac arrest...

Shabbir Ali suffered a cardiac arrest in Kolkata at around 1.30 pm IST and has been kept in ventilator support at the Woodland Hospital in Kolkata.

Ali suffered the episode when he was in his office at the Allahabad Bank Branch office at Mission Row, Kolkata and was immediately rushed to the hospital by his colleagues where he suffered another massive heart attack while his Electro Cardiogram (ECG) was being recorded.

The 56-year old had represented the country between 1974 and 1984 with the distinction of having scored 35 goals. He followed it up with a distinguished stint as the Technical Director of Salgaocar FC before leading Bengal to Santosh Trophy triumphs in 2010 and 2011.

The Government of India recognised his achievement in 2011 by awarding him with the prestigious Dhyan Chand Award. 

One of his colleagues spoke to Press Trust of India (PTI) saying that doctors had said that his heart had been severely damaged and had to be kept under observation for 48 hours before deciding any further course of action.

"We rushed him to the hospital after he suffered first stroke at the office at around 1:30pm. He suffered another stroke, a massive one, while doctors were taking ECG," one of his colleagues said.

"Doctors attending to him said after seeing the medical reports that his heart has been severely damaged. He has been kept at the ICCU under artificial machine support. Doctors said he will be kept under observation for 48 hours before deciding what to do," he said.

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