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Journalist dressed as priest tried to access Schumacher's room

ESPN Staff
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Michael Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm talks to the press © Getty Images

A journalist attempted to gain access to Michael Schumacher's hospital room by dressing up as a priest, according to reports in Germany.

Schumacher is being treated at a hospital in Grenoble after falling and hitting his head on a rock while skiing at the French resort of Meribel. Media from around the world are at the hospital and Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said one journalist attempted to gain access to the seven-time champion's room.

"Apparently a journalist dressed as a priest had tried to gain access to Michael's room," Kehm told Die Welt. "I wouldn't have ever imagined something like this could happen."

The journalist and publication were not named.

In Tuesday's press conference Gerard Saillant, one of the leading neurologists in Paris and a friend of Schumacher, asked the media to respect the need for the doctors to carry out their work without intrusion.

"I would like to ask you, in the name of Corinna, his wife, and all his family, not put pressure on the medical team, on the family and on us," Saillant said. "They have work to do and I think the situation has to be the same as for everyone else. That is how you will be able to help Michael and how you will be able to help him win the this fight, which is a difficult one that has not been won yet.

"We are slightly less worried than we were yesterday, but you have to understand that this evening or tomorrow the situation can be reversed and therefore you have to allow the medical team to work. We will have another press conference if there is some news, if there is no news then don't believe it is because we want to hide something, it is very simply because we are carrying out our daily work. I would like to thank you [the media] for the help that you can give us."