Michael Schumacher’s wife pleaded with journalists on Tuesday to leave her family and doctors alone, in her first comments since a ski accident in the French Alps left her famous husband in a coma.

Scores of reporters, television crews and photographers have besieged the hospital in the French Alpine city of Grenoble where the F1 legend is in stable, but critical condition following the December 29 accident.

Last week, Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm deplored the tactics used by some journalists to try and catch a glimpse of the seven-time World champion in his room, reporting that one had dressed up as a priest to try and get in.

“Please support our shared fight with Michael. It is important to me that you take the pressure off the doctors and the hospital so that they can do their work,” Corinna Schumacher said in a statement addressed to the media.

“Please have faith in their statements and leave the hospital. Please also leave our family in peace,” she said. News that Schumacher was in a medically-induced coma after falling and slamming his head on a rock while skiing sent shockwaves round the sporting world, and journalists are anxiously waiting for any update on his condition.

Following a flurry of speculation about his health, doctors looking after the 45-year-old said they would give no details of the treatment he is receiving in order to protect his right to privacy.

The German Federation of Journalists, on Tuesday, also echoed Corinna Schumacher’s plea, urging reporters to use restraint while covering the former racer’s plight.

The focus has diverted onto the circumstances of Schumacher’s fall on an off-piste section in between two slopes at the Meribel resort, which French investigators are probing to try and determine responsibility for the accident.

They are looking at the speed at which he was going at the time of the accident and are due to brief the press on their findings so far on Wednesday morning. — AFP

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