March 17th, 2012

Breaking News: Fabrice Muamba Collapses On Pitch – UPDATED

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suddenly collapsed five minutes from halftime in today’s FA Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers. ESPN, who were covering the tie live on TV, reported that the 23-year-old midfielder had CPR while on the pitch at White Hart Lane, before adding how the player was not breathing during the 10 minutes medical staff tried resuscitating him with a defibrillator.

An outpour of supportive messages flooded social media in the moments that followed the scary and solemn scene, which culminated in Muamba, Bolton boss, Owen Coyle, and club captain, Kevin Davies, going to the hospital together in the same ambulance and the match being abandoned.

Former Tottenham boss, David Pleat, said on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: “The player just went down – no-one was near him. Straight away the other players knew there was something seriously wrong.”

Kevin Keegan added: “Jermain Defoe seemed absolutely distraught…”The fans are in a state of shock. I’ve never seen anything like that on a football pitch before.”

And BBC Radio 5 live’s senior football reporter, Ian Dennis, also spoke from White Hart Lane about Muamba’s condition: “I’ve been speaking to members of the Bolton backroom staff, who say he is one of the fittest players at the club. You could see medical staff using a defibrillator and he was electronically charged on to least two occasions. Everybody could see Fabrice Muamba was fighting for his life on the pitch.”

Bolton soccer player CPR cardiac arrest footballer english premier league FA CupMuamba, whose Twitter profile describes him as “a proud Dad” to his son Joshua Jeremiah Muamba, previously said how fatherhood was “a gift from God.”

Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes to Muamba and his family, as well as the entire BWFC community at large.

UPDATE: Sky News and other media outlets are reporting he’s in stable condition.

Images: @fmuamba.

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30 Responses to “Breaking News: Fabrice Muamba Collapses On Pitch – UPDATED”

  1. Loninha - Brasil says:

    Muamba the World Cup is with you! Let us pray so hard this time!

  2. Carolina says:

    Continued thoughts and prayers for Fabrice and his family and friends.

  3. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Praying for him, stay strong Animo Muamba, he is in my prayers.

  4. mata says:

    It was terrible. Just terrible. You could see right away that it was very serious, and you could have heard a pin drop, everyone was staring, just desperate to see a positive sign, and the signs just kept getting worse, Rafael VDV with his head in his hands, all the players looking shocked, and then Howard Webb calling the manager onto the pitch. Some people started crying. And people started talking about how he had a fiancee, and a little boy. One of those awful moments when you realize all the stupid things we worry about so much don't mean anything at all.

    Pull through this, Muamba, just pull through.

    • IrishBlue says:

      You're right, times like this really put things into perspective. Nothing is more important than a person's life.

  5. IrishBlue says:

    This is terrible news, with the help of our prayers he will continue to fight through this and recover.

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  7. sarah says:

    what a shame that i haven’t heard of him before but i still hope he can recover soon! get well, muamba!

  8. Rachael says:

    Hope Fabrice recovers completely and soon his poor family and especially his little boy thoughts and prayers are with them.

  9. mimi says:

    Get well soon Fabrice lad!

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  11. theleats says:

    Watched the match, knew straight away fabrice was in trouble, all the family are praying he pulls through with no long term damage. Good luck fabrice gods defo on your side. COYS.

  12. Miss XOXO says:

    Praying for him all the time…

  13. Doug in SF says:

    I haven't heard that he's "okay," but very happy he's there fighting at the hospital.

    • anon says:

      he's not, he's still listed as in critical condition and the doctors say the next 24 hours are critical

  14. graham says:

    what a shame he is so tallented this shows that emergency response is better as the unfortunate viven foe die with the same thing and that fab is going 2 be good

  15. liz1 says:

    praying for him. fabrice will be in my heart

  16. Jayy says:

    Get well soon Fabrice!
    I remember watching this game and I was literally shocked and upset, thank goodness he is okay.

  17. littlegreenpea says:

    Oh thank goodness he's okay.

    • Dols says:

      What a good news!!!!! I’m glad that he is fine!!

    • Jayy says:

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    • Utd Girl says:

      You're stupid. I'm sorry, this is completely irrelevant to the topic. A person almost died and is still critically ill, and you're here talking about mustaches? It's disrespectful!

      *Prayers go out to Fabrice and the Muamba family at this tragic time!

      • littlegreenpea says:

        I'm sorry if you feel that way. Had I known that a footballer had almost died, of course I would have told her to dedicate her goals to him. I didn't even think she would score, so I told her to do something silly. In hindsight, it does seem kind of inconsiderate, but according to the most recent reports the doctors are working really hard and he seems to be in a somewhat stable condition. So sorry that I got off-topic. I do that sometimes.

        • Utd Girl says:

          I apologize for calling you stupid. I was just caught off guard that this was brought up in such a serious topic. I just hope Fabrice is going to be alright! It's so sad and I could not imagine what his teammates, friends and family are going through right now.

  18. Anna de Babi says:

    Praying for Him ! Courage Fabrice ont est Avec Toi !!!!

  19. FootyGirl says:

    Devastating news. At moments like this, Football becomes completely irrelevant. Thoughts go out to his family and friends. Stay strong, Fabrice.

  20. Kat22 says:

    So sad and scary. Hope he pulls through, although it really doesn’t look too good at the moment.

    Any club affiliations and rivalries pale into insignificance during such times. :-(