Bolton have announced via a statement on their website, that midfielder Fabrice Muamba is now in a critically ill condition in intensive care after collapsing on the pitch on Saturday afternoon, 41 minutes into his team’s game against Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old was rushed to the intensive care unit of the heart attack centre at the London Chest Hospital after it was reported that he had stopped breathing, and Bolton have confirmed that it was due to a heart attack. Medics rushed to his aid and tried to resuscitate him in front of 35, 000 fans at the ground, as well as his distraught team mates and Bolton’s manager Owen Coyle.
The FA Cup quarter final match was immediately cancelled following the collapse by referee Howard Webb and fans chanted Muamba’s name in support.
A Tottenham fan told The Telegraph:
The player went down with no-one near him. He just collapsed. The other players saw immediately that this looked bad. We could see they were trying to resuscitate him. Everyone was in shock. We all watched and waited… All the support staff and substitutes were on the pitch. Fans from both teams were chanting Muamba’s name. The players were in shock. No-one wanted it to go on.
It was eerie coming out of the ground. No-one was saying anything. There was hush, a silence. No-one could quite believe it. It was terrible.
Understandably, the football world has been shaken up by the incident and a number of players have tweeted their reactions and prayers for his recovery.
Close friend Justin Hoyte’s tweets were particularly emotional.
Jermaine Defoe was playing for Tottenham when Muamba collapsed and had to be comforted by a team mate as the player was carried off the pitch on a stretcher. He tweeted:
Our thoughts are with Muamba’s family and we hope he recovers soon.