Bolton player collapses on pitch

2012-03-17 20:35

London - Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was rushed to hospital on Saturday as medics appeared to try to resuscitate him after he collapsed during an FA Cup match that was subsequently abandoned.

Muamba fell to the ground in the 41st minute with no players around him and the quarter-final between Bolton and Tottenham was immediately stopped with the scores locked at 1-1.

Medics rushed onto the pitch with a defibrillator and treated the 23-year-old Muamba, pumping his chest for around six minutes of treatment.

Some players appeared to be praying as fans chanted his name between periods of complete silence at White Hart Lane.

After Muamba was carried off on a stretcher with an oxygen mask and with his chest still being pumped, all the players also left the pitch before referee Howard Webb abandoned the game.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle and striker Kevin Davies accompanied the player to hospital.

Bolton said there were no further details on his condition.

Bolton team-mate Stuart Holden, who was watching the game on television, tweeted: "waiting anxiously for updates from teammates. Fab is a fighter!"

Fabrice Ndala Muamba was born in what was then called Zaire on April 6, 1988. His father left the country because of political turmoil and settled in England, and Muamba joined Arsenal's youth academy in 2002.

He made his debut at age 17 on October 25, 2005, in the League Cup at Sunderland, and was loaned to Birmingham in the League Championship the following season. The loan was made permanent in May 2007, and he made his Premier League debut for Birmingham in 2007-08.

He joined Bolton in June 2008.

Muamba has been part of England's youth team system and was a member of their team at last year's European Under-21 Championship, where he came on as a substitute against Ukraine and started against the Czech Republic.


  • David - 2012-03-17 21:01

    Please keep us informed

      Shoosh - 2012-03-17 21:18

      The paramedics performed CPR for 10 mins. before being taken off the field then transported by ambulance to hospital, all the while still having CPR, talk is (rumours) that he wasn't breathing when he was taken through the tunnel. There are so many rumours flying around, best to wait for the official announcement on the outcome of this tragic incident.

      andre.badenhorst - 2012-03-19 07:43

      @Shoosh "....pumping his chest for around six minutes of treatment."

  • Dmitri - 2012-03-17 21:06

    Always sad. A few year ago, a camaroon player collapsed and died on the field. If I recall, his name was song, but I am under correction. Hope all turns out well for all concerned.

      waynemp - 2012-03-17 21:15

      marc-vivien foe

      Harshik - 2012-03-17 21:16

      his name was Marc Vivien Foe.

      andriescombrinck - 2012-03-17 21:16

      No, it was Marc Vivien Foe. Not sure about the spelling. Horrible thing to happen.

      thabo.tebele - 2012-03-17 21:47

      I think you mean Mark Vivian Foe,He was also just young and a great future ahead.It was tragic

      Dmitri - 2012-03-18 05:44

      Thanks to the folks who clarrified who the player was. Appreciated.

      Clive - 2012-03-18 08:42

      Why would anyone want to "thumbs down" these comments?! Sickos!

  • thabo.tebele - 2012-03-17 21:52

    Mark Vivian foe,he also collapsed during the cofederations cup in 2003 and later on died,It was a very sad day for Africa after he played great games during that tournament. I wish Muamba to well soon and we'll keep him in our prayers

  • lucasbalac.nkonyane - 2012-03-18 00:59

    I wish u a speedy recovery, Fab

  • Julian - 2012-03-18 01:00

    What`s with soccer players & heart attacks???

      Lunga - 2012-03-18 13:19

      It's not just soccer players who suffer from heart attacks. People from all walks of life are affected by this condition. Regular screening is definitely needed.

  • Vic - 2012-03-18 10:55

    Obviously very sad news but,..."when it's your time it's your time".!!! Simple as that, no matter what you may be doing at that particular moment. If it's not his time, he'll pull thro'....let's hope it's the latter & that if he does pul thro' that he can live a decent normal life.?!! There's NO such thing as "premature death"------see my comments above, whether you're 1 day old or 100yrs old, it's your day/time, when everything switches off.!!!

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-03-18 11:36

    He is still in ICU in a London chest hospital. (As per Sky News @ 11;30 am) In critical condition.

  • Phila - 2012-03-18 12:08

    fabri will be fine. this reminds me of Marc-Vivien Foe a skill full midfield engine lost to the game in same circumstances. but i belive Fabri will pull through Jesus is great!

  • Lunga - 2012-03-18 13:17

    Footballers need to be continually screened for such conditions. Andile Jali also had a problem with his heart, and was removed from Bafana's squad. Had it not been a World Cup year, would his condition have been detected? This is very sad. Hope Fab pulls through. He is still young, and has his entire career ahead of him. Also reminds one of Antonio Puerta of Sevilla who was just 22 when he collapsed and died on the pitch; Phil O'Donnell who played for Motherwell in Scotland; Marc Vivien Foe of Cameroon; and so many others.

  • sgblackwood1 - 2012-03-18 21:52

    Seemingly he passed away just over 2 hours ago

  • Marlon - 2012-03-19 11:56

    RIP Fabrice

      natasha.wentink - 2012-03-19 13:20

      He's not dead, still in critical condition in ICU. I pray he pulls through, for his family, especially his son.

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