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Bolton's Muamba critically ill after collapsing

posted 17 Mar 2012, 15:58 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 17 Mar 2012, 15:59 ]

The latest reports says Bolton midifielder Fabrice Muamba is in critical condition after collapsing on the pitch in FA Cup match at Tottenham Hotspur.

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba was critically ill in hospital after collapsing on the pitch during the FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

(March 17).

The match was abandoned at 1-1 just before halftime after the 23-year-old fell to the turf near the centre circle.

"Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been admitted to The Heart Attack Centre at The London Chest Hospital where he is in a critically ill condition in intensive care," said a joint statement from Bolton and the hospital.

"No further information will be issued at this stage. The club and hospital request that the media and public respect the family's privacy at this time."

Medics arrived on the pitch quickly and gave Muamba CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), a Reuters eye witness said.

A number of players gathered around Muamba, some crying and holding their heads in their hands.

As he was carried off the pitch on a stretcher there were a few bursts of applause from the crowd at White Hart Lane before they fell silent.

Muamba, born in Democratic Republic of Congo and an England Under-21 international, was taken to hospital.

Rebecca Lowe was presenting the match for FA Cup host broadcasters ESPN when the incident happened.

"You just got the sense straight that this was not just a broken leg, this was an injury as such. This was a condition, this was very serious and very quickly we saw all the members of the ambulance personnel that was here on the ground descend into the pitch," she said.

Outside Tottenham's White Hart Lane ground, there were words of sympathy for Muamba.

"Shock more than anything," reacted one fan while other expressed his surprise.

"You think people are so fit, this guys. That can happen to everybody really not just to fat builders like me like me but no it is terrible," he said.

The 6-foot-2 (1.88-metre) Muamba, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but has represented England at every youth level from under-16 to under-21, was treated by medics on the pitch and a popular figure among Bolton fans.

"He can't shoot, he can't pass but that is why we love him. He is like that, he is loveable," said Bolton fan Martin Barlow.

"I absolutely love him. I was gutted, I just hope he comes through. It is all about Muamba it is not about Bolton Wanderers anymore. It's about him as a person," he added.

Fans went around Bolton stadium to place flowers and cards wishing for Muamba's recovery.

"On behalf of The FA, I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Fabrice Muamba and his family this evening," FA chairman David Bernstein said in a statement.

"Fabrice has played 33 times for England Under-21s, captaining Stuart Pearce's side during this time and is a player, and more importantly, a person we care greatly for.

"We are in contact with Bolton Wanderers over Fabrice's condition and are awaiting updates."

Tottenham passed on their best wishes.

"Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Fabrice Muamba and his family," Spurs said on their Twitter feed.

Muamba joined Bolton from Birmingham City in 2008 in a deal worth over 5 million pounds ($7.9 million) and has made 130 league appearances for the club.

He came through Arsenal's youth academy and made two League Cup appearances for the Gunners in the 2005-06 season.