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Fabrice Muamba Collapses: Bolton Midfielder Falls, FA Cup Game Abandoned [UPDATED]

Posted: 03/17/2012 3:38 pm Updated: 03/18/2012 3:05 pm

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Fabrice Muamba of Bolton Wanderers lies injured on the pitch during the FA Cup Sixth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers.

BY ROB HARRIS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON -- Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was rushed to a hospital Saturday as medics attempted to resuscitate him after he collapsed during an FA Cup match against Tottenham.

Muamba fell face-down to the field in the 41st minute near the halfway line without any players near him, prompting Bolton manager Owen Coyle to shout from the sideline: "He's just collapsed."

Tottenham players William Gallas and Louis Saha along with referee Howard Webb immediately beckoned for medical support as the quarterfinal was immediately stopped, then abandoned.

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

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

After Muamba was carried off on a stretcher to applause from the crowd with an oxygen mask and with his chest still being pumped, all the players also left the field, and Webb abandoned the match with the score 1-1.

Coyle and forward Kevin Davies accompanied Muamba to a hospital. Bolton said there were no further details on his condition.


"Terrible what happened with Muamba during the game," Rafael van der Vaart, who started the game for Tottenham, wrote on Twitter. "We're all praying for him."

Muamba's Bolton teammate Stuart Holden, who was watching the game on television, tweeted: "Praying for you Fab."

"Waiting anxiously for updates from teammates," he added. "Fab is a fighter!"

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 Oct. 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 before joining Bolton in June 2008.

"I seriously hope my best friend in football is OK. Stay strong bro please please stay strong," said Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte, who came through the Arsenal youth team with Muamba.

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

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Fabrice Muamba and his family right now," the Football Association posted on its Twitter account. "A wonderful person."

UPDATE 4:21 PM EST: Sky Sports has tweeted that Muamba is in "stable condition," according to a hospital statement.


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Bolton's Fabrice Muamba in a 'stable condition' after collapse at Tottenham, according to hospital statement. We'll bring you more shortly.

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