Michael Schumacher’s former manager has alleged that the former Formula One driver’s wife has banned him from visiting the stricken star as he continues his recovery from the skiing accident that occurred two years ago.
Seventy-four-year-old Willi Weber has insisted that Corinna Schumacher has banned him from entering the former racer’s house. Weber first took to Facebook to make the allegations, before then clarifying them to the German media.
Schumacher is currently receiving 24-hour care in his Lake Geneva mansion from a team of doctors and nurses, after originally being in a medically induced coma following his ski accident.
After revealing on a Facebook post to his friends on Christmas Day that he had been banned from seeing Michael Schumacher, Weber then offered further information to the German newspaper Bild, via Daily Mail, about being banished.
“Unfortunately, it is just as clear as I wrote on Facebook,” Weber remarked. “Corinna prevents me any contact with Michael. I’ve tried dozens of times to get permission to visit, each time without success. The situation is terrible for me. But my family is suffering. Our families were for 25 years so closely linked — and now no one can understand.”
Willi Weber was the manager of both Michael Schumacher, and his younger brother, Ralf Schumacher, during their racing careers. But during the interview he admitted that he had lost touch with Michael Schumacher and his wife over the last few months while the former Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, and Mercedes driver recovers. It’s widely acknowledged that Willi Weber played a key role in Schumacher’s rise to the top of Formula One.
Just last week there were reports that Michael Schumacher was actually on the road to recovery after it was alleged by a German magazine that he had made his first few steps since his accident.
Sabine Kehm, who is Michael Schumacher’s current manager, insisted that these rumors, which were started by the publication Bunte, via Express, were only damaging for the Formula One star’s fans.
“Unfortunately we are forced by a recent press report to clarify that the assertion that Michael could move again is not true. Such speculation is irresponsible, because given the seriousness of his injuries, his privacy is very important for Michael. Unfortunately they also give false hopes to many involved people.”
Michael Schumacher suffered his injury on December 29, 2013, while he was on vacation at the skiing resort of Meribel. Schumacher and his wife, Corinna, were there with their two children, Mick and Gina Maria, where they owned a villa, when Michael had a fall off piste and suffered severe head injuries as a result.
Following the accident, Michael Schumacher was the put into a medically-induced coma. After several months, he was returned to his home on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, where he has spent the last few months being cared for by a team of 15 people on a round-the-clock basis.
Since returning to his home in Lake Geneva, news regarding Michael Schumacher’s status has been kept under wraps, with news of his health being kept to a minimum, which has led to his current condition being shrouded in mystery.
Michael Schumacher is the most successful Formula One driver of all time, having won seven world titles during the course of his career. Schumacher won two of these while racing with the Benetton team, before he then went on an unprecedented spree of success with Ferrari that saw him collect five titles in succession.
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