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17 March 2012 @ 11:03 pm
Fears for Fabrice Muamba after midfielder collapses on pitch at Spurs  

• Bolton say player 'in a critically ill condition'
• FA Cup tie at Tottenham abandoned

Fabrice Muamba

The FA Cup quarter-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers was abandoned just before half-time on Saturday night after the Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch. The 23-year-old was taken to hospital after receiving medical treatment on the pitch and Bolton later issued a statement saying that he was "in a critically ill condition in intensive care" at the heart attack centre at the London Chest Hospital.

It was unclear what caused the Bolton player to fall down in the 42nd minute with the score level at 1-1, but he was in obvious distress. Players and staff immediately realised the seriousness of the situation, with Tottenham's players gesturing frantically for the paramedics to come on. The medical teams sprinted to the scene. Muamba lost consciousness and several attempts were made to resuscitate him on the pitch using CPR. Bolton's manager, Owen Coyle, shouted: "He's just collapsed," before running across to join the paramedics and looked on as the medical team struggled to revive his stricken player.

After six minutes of receiving heart massage, Muamba was carried off the pitch with a defibrillator being used. Efforts to revive him continued as he was transferred to an ambulance. Coyle, and Bolton's club captain, Kevin Davies, accompanied Muamba to hospital.

The referee, Howard Webb, consulted both managers and the two captains, Nigel Reo-Coker and Scott Parker, and took the players off the pitch. A few minutes later it was announced that the match was abandoned. No explanation was given but the crowd began chanting Muamba's name and applauded before filing out quietly.

Spurs said in a statement: "Tottenham can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been taken to hospital following his collapse on the pitch during the match at White Hart Lane this evening. The match was immediately abandoned. Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Fabrice and his family."


Muamba, who was born in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was granted asylum status in Britain in 1994 at the age of 11, rejoining his father who had been forced to flee his homeland on political grounds. He went on to represent England at junior level, up to the under-21s. He began his career at Arsenal's academy, where he was a popular member of the club's youth setup. He moved to Birmingham before signing for Bolton in 2008.

The Football Association quickly expressed support. A statement from the FA chairman, David Bernstein, wished Muamba well. "On behalf of The FA, I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Fabrice Muamba and his family this evening," Bernstein said. "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."

It is unclear when or if the Cup tie will be replayed. The semi-finals are due to be staged at Wembley on the weekend of 14 and 15 April.

The Professional Footballers' Association chief executive, Gordon Taylor, told the BBC: "At the moment we are all watching, waiting, hoping and praying. For all the football family it's a terrible thing to see."

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It's really scary seeing something like that, you don't expect it. I hope he'll be okay.




 
 
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Lizgrrliz on March 17th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
This is really, really upsetting. I can't really articulate much more than that. I hope he comes through.

It is unclear when or if the Cup tie will be replayed.

What do they mean "if"? Is there an option not to play it? How would that even work?
scavenger of human miserypiratesswoop on March 18th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Maybe just abandon it and whoever is on the other side gets a bye to the next round? I dunno, maybe there are guidelines for this or something D:
Lizgrrliz on March 18th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
I found the FA Cup rules and they have this:
REPLAYS, POSTPONED AND ABANDONED MATCHES (MATCHES PLAYED PRIOR TO THE SEMI FINALS)
  1. Replays
    1. When a first match has resulted in a draw, it shall be replayed on the ground of the Club drawn second:
      in the Qualifying Competition – on or before the following Thursday;
      in the Competition Proper – on the second Wednesday following the original match, or earlier if mutually agreed by the two Clubs and the consent of the Professional Game Board obtained.

    2. When a replayed match is drawn after 90 minutes, an extra 30 minutes shall be played, and 15 minutes shall be played in each half.

    3. If the score is still level at the end of extra time, the winner shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with the procedure adopted by the International Football Association Board.


  2. First Matches which are Postponed or Abandoned
    1. When a first match has been postponed, or is abandoned before the completion of 90 minutes and neither Club being at fault, it shall be played on the same ground:
      in the Qualifying Competition – on or before the following Thursday;
      in the Competition Proper – on the second Wednesday following the original match or earlier if mutually agreed by the two Clubs and the consent of The Professional Game Board obtained.

    2. If the match be drawn or again postponed or abandoned it shall be played as directed by the Professional Game Board.

    3. Matches abandoned through the fault of the Clubs shall be dealt with by the Professional Game Board.


  3. Replays which are Postponed or Abandoned
    1. When a replayed match has been postponed, or is abandoned before the completion of 90 minutes and neither Club being at fault, it shall be played on the same ground:
      in the Qualifying Competition – on or before the following Monday;
      in the Competition Proper – as directed by the Professional Game Board.

    2. When a replayed match has been abandoned at any stage after the completion of 90 minutes and neither Club being at fault, the match shall be further replayed. A coin shall be tossed, and the Club winning the toss of the coin shall have the choice of venue. The coin will be tossed by a Club Official in the presence of an Official of the other Club at the first suitable moment after the abandonment. The match shall be played as directed by the Professional Game Board.

    3. Matches abandoned through the fault of the Clubs shall be dealt with by the Professional Game Board.


  4. The Professional Game Board shall have the power to vary these arrangements if it is deemed necessary.

  5. Any Club failing to fulfil a fixture shall be dealt with by the Professional Game Board.

  6. Clubs must ensure that the police are fully aware of possible replay dates and the dates of any re-arranged dates for postponed ties. If problems are envisaged with arrangements for a tie the Professional Game Board should be informed as soon as the draw is known.
scavenger of human miserypiratesswoop on March 18th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, this is really interesting. So I'm assuming they'll replay within two weeks, but god, I can't imagine what a terrible situation this still is for both clubs.
Eugeniakenitafunk on March 17th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
this is so scary i hope he gets well =(
xue: kennyrapsukha4 on March 18th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
It's so terrifying to see something like this. Credit to the medical staff on scene to react so quickly.
Praying he pulls through.
Aster: wolves: my boysasteriski on March 18th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
Argh this is just horrible. Really hoping to wake up to good news about him.
Rachel: he of the bug eyesverses on March 18th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Shades of de la Red, but this is potentially more serious. Praying with all my heart that he doesn't have brain damage from oxygen deprivation.
vitamalignavitamaligna on March 18th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
When I watched the video of the incident it was scarier than I thought it would be. He wasn't just passed out, it looked as if he were shaking, almost like he was choking. And they couldn't make him turn around onto his back. I hope with all my heart that he'll make a full recovery.

I'm no Spurs fan but I am very proud of the way the two teams and the fans behaved during the whole thing.
Jenjuannifer on March 18th, 2012 08:05 am (UTC)
LATE COMMENT BUT

I showed my sister, a nurse at an ICU, the video. She said from his movements he looked like he was struggling VERY hard to breathe. I guess the shaking/movement is why commentators suggested some sort of epileptic fit at first. But she has a lot of experience and thinks that he has a real chance to live (and have good or fair cognitive abilities) if he does well in the next day or so. It's just a waiting game at this point :(

I was also really proud of both sets of fans. The spurs fans showed a lot of love.
vitamalignavitamaligna on March 18th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Let's hope he makes a full recovery and has no permanent damage.
Jenny Jenkinsjenny_jenkins on March 18th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
There have been two beautiful articles in the Guardian on Fabrice.

The first is by Amy Lawrence. She's spoken with some of the staff at Arsenal who knew him as a boy

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/mar/17/arsenal-fabrice-muamba?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

And the second is by Daniel Taylor and it's particularly beautiful. He has such a lovely personality and it really shines through in the article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/mar/17/fabrice-muamba-bolton-wanderers

xue: kennyrapsukha4 on March 18th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Very nice read. He sounds like an amazing person. Really hope he pulls through : '(
ladevotchkacarminaburana on March 18th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
I keep checking to see if there are updates. Hope he pulls through and quickly. I read that he has a young son. :(
elsa h.staystranger on March 18th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
Yes he does. This is so incredibly sad, I hope he gets through this okay.
zparklemotionzparklemotion on March 18th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
:(
Ace Of Spades: posh//fabulousultra_obscene84 on March 18th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
I just read this on The Sun (I know, I know...) and I just began to cry. It's just a sad thing to happen. Football don't mean shit when someone's life is hanging in the balance. And the unity that Bolton and Spurs fans showed is fucking awesome. I pray to Buddha that he will be okay and that his fiancée and little boy will be okay.
Wattle: Animal - black & white catswattle_neurotic on March 18th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Oh this is just awful :( I really, really hope he pulls through.
ayres_4ayres_4 on March 18th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I really hope he pulls through, this is so terrible. :(
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