Tottenham-Bolton match called off after Muamba collapse | inside World Soccer

The FA Cup quarter-final tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers on Saturday was abandoned after Trotters midfielder Fabrice Muamba suddenly collapsed on the pitch.

Bolton player Fabrice Muamba lies on the pitch after collapsing during a game against Tottenham
Bolton player Fabrice Muamba lies on the pitch after collapsing during a game against Tottenham

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With 41 minutes of the game gone, Muamba fell face-down to the field near the halfway line without any players near him.

Players from both teams along with referee Howard Webb immediately beckoned for medical support and paramedics and doctors rushed on to the pitch to try to resuscitate the 23-year-old.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle also joined the paramedics as they tended to Muamba and players from both sides looked visibly upset as the midfielder received treatment

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 before Webb abandoned the match.

"Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been admitted to the heart attack centre at London Chest hospital where he is currently in a critically ill condition in intensive care," read a statement on Bolton's official website.

"No further information will be issued at this stage. The club has requested the media to respect his family's privacy at this time."

A host of footballers took to Twitter on Saturday evening to express their support and wish the midfielder well.

"Praying for you Fab. Hope he's OK. Thoughts with him and his family. For all those asking, I know as much as you do. Waiting anxiously for updates from teammates. Fab is a fighter!" - Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden.

"Terrible what happened with Muamba during the game. We're all praying for him." - Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart.

"Pray for Fab. God willing he will pull through." - Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.

"Hope Fabrice Muamba is OK. Praying for him and his family. Still in shock." - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

"My thoughts are with Fabrice Muamba's family. We all are praying for him and hope for a speedy recovery." - Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

"I'm so sad about what happened to Fabrice Muamba today. Played with him 4 a couple of years. What a great guy. Always a smile on his face. Please Fabrice bring that smile back. My thoughts are with you and your lovely family!" - Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

"My thoughts are with Fabrice and his family. Stay strong mate. Our prayers are with you." - Barcelona's former Arsenal captain Cesc Fàbregas.