Gary Cahill, Liverpool fans and Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira offer support
12:36am UK, Monday March 19, 2012
Footballers across Europe have been continuing to offer support to Bolton player Fabrice Muamba.
The 23-year-old remains in a critical condition at the London Chest Hospital after collapsing during a match on Saturday with a cardiac arrest.
Fans have been leaving flowers, Muamba shirts and scarves at Bolton’s Reebok stadium, while there have been public displays of support in grounds across Europe.
Former Bolton defender Gary Cahill celebrated scoring his first Chelsea goal in an FA Cup match against Leicester by unveiling a Pray 4 Muamba T-shirt.
Premier League sides offer support to Muamba
In the Spanish capital, Real Madrid players donned Get Well Soon Muamba tops before kickoff against Malaga.
Fifa President Sepp Blatter said on Twitter: “Shocked to hear about Fabrice Muamba.
My thoughts are with him and his family, his club loved ones at this difficult time.”
As Muamba’s teammates try to deal with the shock, their game against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Tuesday has been postponed.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew before Sunday’s game
“I have worked with Fabrice as a player at Birmingham and he has always been a terrific lad, nothing other than the perfect professional,” Villa manager Alex McLeish said.
“He trained every day the way he went to play in games, full of intensity and enthusiasm. He is a manager’s dream in terms of his commitment to the team…
“The massive response throughout Europe and the world of football underlines how everybody has been touched by this tragic development.”
Speaking after visiting Muamba in hospital, Bolton manager Owen Coyle said: “Everybody is praying for Fabrice, which is very important, and that has been a real source of strength to the family.”
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside urged fans around the world “to keep Fabrice in their prayers”.