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12:52am UK, Sunday March 18, 2012
Stars from the footballing world have expressed their shock at the news of the collapse of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba.
The 23-year-old player was treated by paramedics on the pitch during the FA Cup game against Tottenham and was then taken to hospital. The match was abandoned.
Muamba’s Bolton team-mate, Stuart Holden, wrote on Twitter: “Praying for you Fab. Hope he’s OK. Thoughts with him and his family.”
Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor tweeted: “My thoughts are with Fabrice Muamba‘s family. We all are praying for him and hope for a speedy recovery.”
Another Tottenham player Rafael Van Der Vaart posted: “Terrible what happened with Muamba during the game. We’re all praying for him.”
Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney wrote: “Hope fabrice muamba is ok. Praying for him and his family. Still in shock.”
Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte, who came through the Arsenal youth team with Muamba, posted: “I seriously hope my best friend in football is OK. Stay strong bro please please stay strong. God is with you remember that.”
Muamba is treated by paramedics on the pitch
Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone wrote: “Thoughts with Fab and his family. Feel sick watching this, puts football and everything else into perspective.”
Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who played with Muamba at Bolton, wrote: “Hope Muamba is okay. Thoughts with him.”
Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand wrote: “Come on Fabrice Muamba, praying for you.”
The Football Association (FA) also took to Twitter to release a short statement, which read: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Fabrice Muamba and his family right now. A wonderful person.”
Former football manager and pundit David Pleat described Muamba, who played for England all the way through Under-16s to Under-21s, as a good athlete.
He said players were rigorously tested for heart and other problems frequently.
Former footballer John Barnes, who was commentating on the match for ESPN, said: “From the players’ reaction on both sides it seemed that things were pretty serious.”
Ex-footballer and manager 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. Our hearts go out to his family.”
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:: See pictures below of Muamba being treated on the pitch.