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Schumacher team deny reports

Michael Schumacher's management team have rubbished reports which claim the former world Formula 1 champion's life is now out of danger.

The German has been in an induced coma in Grenoble University Hospital since suffering critical head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday.

A man claiming to be a friend of the family offered a light of hope on Friday when indicating he had been told by a surgeon there was no longer a threat to his life.

Speaking outside the hospital former F1 driver Philippe Strieff told reporters: "I'm not a doctor, I'm repeating what Gerard Saillant (surgeon and friend of the Schumacher family) told me.

"Gerard Saillant said it is a serious condition but his life is not in danger anymore now, thankfully. He is such a healthy man. He's 45, he's young and has always been very fit. He is in top shape physically so there are no reasons why he would not make it."

But the claim drew a furious reaction from Schumacher's management team who insist only official statements released on their behalf should be given credence.

In a statement released on Saturday morning, his agent Sabine Kehm said: "Michael's condition remains critical but stable.

"We would like to clearly stress that any information regarding Michael's health not coming from the doctors treating him or from his management must be treated as invalid and pure speculation.

"The family cares only for Michael's health."

On reports that a camera helmet worn by Schumacher was being investigated by authorities to help determine the cause of his accident, the statement added: "Michael's helmet camera was voluntarily given to the investigating authorities by the family.

"That this should have been done against the wishes of the family is untrue. We ask you to respect the continued privacy of the family.

"In consultation with the doctor's treating Michael, it is not expected that there will be any press conference before Monday."