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Muamba collapses at White Hart Lane with Spurs' FA Cup sixth round tie abandoned

Written By Koka Albert on Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 1:03 PM

Tottenham's sixth round FA Cup tie with Bolton has been abandoned after 41 minutes after Fabrice Muamba suddenly collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane and was carried off by a stretcher.
With the match tied at 1-1, the England Under 21 international appeared to collapse at White Hart Lane with medics from both teams attempting to resuscitate the 23-year-old.
Hospitalised: Fabrice Muamba was stretchered off at White Hart Lane during the FA Cup sixth round tie between Tottenham and Bolton
Hospitalised: Fabrice Muamba was stretchered off at White Hart Lane during the FA Cup sixth round tie between Tottenham and Bolton

Amid worrying scenes, six paramedics raced across the pitch and appeared to try to resuscitate the Congo-born player.
Tottenham later confirmed the match was abandoned and released a statement saying: '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 wished to Fabrice and his family.'
Concern: Bolton medical staff give Muamba CPR treatment
                       Concern: Bolton medical staff give Muamba CPR treatment

Bolton also released a statement saying: 'Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been taken to hospital following his collapse at White Hart Lane this evening during the FA Cup quarter-final.'
Trotters 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.
Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Bolton boss Owen Coyle at White Hart Lane
Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Bolton boss Owen Coyle at White Hart Lane

Muamba was carried off on a stretcher after receiving six minutes of treatment. He was wearing an oxygen mask and was flanked by a number of paramedics and Bolton medical staff as he left the pitch.
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.'
Upsetting scenes: Gareth Bale comforts a visibly distressed Jermain Defoe
                       Upsetting scenes: Gareth Bale comforts a visibly distressed Jermain Defoe

Broadcaster ESPN did not play repeat of the incident, instead showing pictures of several spectators in tears.
Both sets of fans sang Muamba's name as he lay on the pitch at the north London ground.
Shock: Defoe, Luka Modric and Tuncay Sanli show their concern
                        Shock: Defoe, Luka Modric and Tuncay Sanli show their concern

The announcement that the game had been called off was greeted with a round of applause from both ends.
Spurs striker Jermain Defoe said: 'Pray for fab god willing he will pull through £PrayForMuamba.'
Rafael van der Vaart, who started today's game for Spurs, wrote on Twitter: 'Terrible what happened with Muamba during the game. We're all praying for him.'
Anxious moments: Players surround Muamba as treatment is administered
                    Anxious moments: Players surround Muamba as treatment is administered


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