Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was rushed to a hospital Saturday as medics attempted to resuscitate him after he collapsed during an FA Cup match against Tottenham. Muamba fell face-down to the field in the 41st minute near the halfway line without any players near him, prompting Bolton manager Owen Coyle to shout from the sideline: "He's just collapsed."
Tottenham players William Gallas and Louis Saha along with referee Howard Webb immediately beckoned for medical support as the quarterfinal was immediately stopped, then abandoned. Medics rushed onto the field with a defibrillator and treated the 23-year-old, pumping his chest for around six minutes.
"Terrible what happened with Muamba during the game," Rafael van der Vaart, who started the game for Tottenham, wrote on Twitter.
"We're all praying for him."
Muamba's injured Bolton teammate Stuart Holden, who was watching the game on television, tweeted: "Praying for you Fab."
"Waiting anxiously for updates from teammates," he added.
"Fab is a fighter!"
"I seriously hope my best friend in football is OK. Stay strong bro please please stay strong," said Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte, who came through the Arsenal youth team with Muamba.
Muamba has been part of England's youth system and was a member of its team at last year's European Under-21 Championship, where he came on as a substitute against Ukraine and started against the Czech Republic.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Fabrice Muamba and his family right now," the Football Association posted on its Twitter account.
"A wonderful person."
Closed. There is already a thread on this in this section here so people please direct your best wishes there.