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Fabrice Muamba: Players pay tribute to Bolton player
19 March 2012
Last updated at 10:33 GMT
The football world pays tribute to Fabrice Muamba, who is seriously ill after collapsing during Bolton's FA Cup game at Tottenham.
Tributes have been paid to Bolton football player Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch during his team's FA Cup match at Tottenham. The 23-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest during the quarter-final tie, which was abandoned. Muamba is now said to be out of immediate danger and is talking, however he's still in intensive care in London.
During Saturday's game, players from both sides including Benoît Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Rafael van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale were visibly shocked as medics spent six minutes trying to resuscitate Fabrice Muamba on the field.
Fabrice Muamba fell to the ground with no other players around him. He was taken off the field and taken to the intensive care unit of the heart attack centre at the London Chest Hospital.
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle travelled to hospital with Fabrice Muamba. Bolton chairman Phil Gartside also gave a joint statement from the club: "I ask for everybody to keep Fabrice in their prayers and thoughts."
Tottenham player Jermain Defoe visited Fabrice Muamba with his mother Sandra. Members of Muamba's family have also been at the hospital. The player's fiancée Shauna Magunda said: "Where there is life there is hope."
Bolton fans have been leaving their own tributes at the club's ground, the Reebok Stadium. Fabrice Muamba joined Bolton from Birmingham in 2008 and has made 148 appearances for the club. He moved to England when he was 11.
On Sunday there was applause for the player before the Premier League match between Wolves and Manchester United at Molineux. Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Jonny Evans all clapped for a minute.
Former Bolton defender Gary Cahill scored the opening goal in Chelsea's FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester on Sunday and revealed a T-shirt with the message, "Pray 4 Muamba". Other players have been tweeting their support.
Liverpool fans paid tribute during their 2-1 FA Cup win over Stoke. Newcastle and Norwich supporters also held a minute's clap before their Premier League match. Bolton's game at Aston Villa on Tuesday has been postponed.
There was support for Fabrice Muamba from across Europe over the weekend. Real Madrid players wore shirts bearing his name while Italy and Juventus star Andrea Pirlo said Juve's 5-0 win over Fiorentina was for him.
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