Bolton’s Muamba ‘Critically Ill’ After Collapsing During Game

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba is “critically ill” in a London hospital after collapsing during today’s F.A. Cup soccer at Tottenham, the Premier League club said in a statement.

Muamba, 23, collapsed near midfield about 41 minutes into the first half at White Hart Lane in north London. He was carried off the field on a stretcher and rushed to London Chest Hospital.

“Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been admitted to the heart attack centre at the London Chest Hospital where he is currently in a critically ill condition in intensive care,” the club said, adding no further information will be issued at this point.

Players and fans were visibly upset, with some in tears, and referee Howard Webb took both teams off the field. Moments later the game was abandoned with the score tied 1-1.

Muamba, a member of the England under-21 national team, is in his fourth season with Bolton. He has appeared in 19 matches this season, scoring once.

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