Monday 19 March 2012
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba remains in a critically ill condition in a London hospital after collapsing on the pitch during their FA Cup tie at Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old had a cardiac arrest four minutes before half-time during Saturday's quarter-final at White Hart Lane and was treated by medics before being taken to the London Chest Hospital.
"All our thoughts and prayers are for Fabrice and his family"
- Owen Coyle
Bolton confirmed on Saturday night that Muamba was in a critical condition at the hospital's Heart Attack Centre, and the club released an update on the club's official website on Monday morning:
"Fabrice Muamba's heart condition is stable, but he remains critically ill in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital.
"The family is grateful to the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time."
On Sunday, Bolton had confirmed that Muamba sustained a cardiac arrest during the match at Spurs and received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and on route to the London Chest Hospital, where his heart started working again.
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside released his own statement on the club's website on Sunday evening, thanking everyone for their support for Muamba.
"Fabrice's family have been overwhelmed by the huge outpouring of kindness"
- Phil Gartside
"I know Fabrice's family have been overwhelmed by the huge outpouring of kindness, from people visiting the hospital to leave cards to those sending messages and emails," said Gartside.
"On behalf of our club, I would like to thank the Premier League, the FA and all the clubs who have been in touch to offer their support. This has extended worldwide with FIFA, UEFA and the global footballing family also.
"I would also like to offer our thanks and deep appreciation to all those at Tottenham Hotspur yesterday and Aston Villa for their understanding at this time.
"The staff at the London Chest Hospital have been nothing short of exceptional and I would like to thank them all at this on-going critical time.
"All BWFC fans who have contacted me personally or the club have been unbelievable. We aspire to be a family and all expressions of support are testimony to the reality of the family club we have at Bolton.
"I ask for everybody to keep Fabrice in their prayers and thoughts."
The quarter-final tie was level at 1-1 when referee Howard Webb abandoned the match with four minutes remaining in the first half.
"The thoughts of the Premier League, its clubs and players are with Fabrice Muamba, his family and Bolton Wanderers"
- Richard Scudamore
Webb led the stunned players off the pitch at Spurs, with both sets of supporters applauding and some chanting Muamba's name.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: "The thoughts of the Premier League, its clubs and players are with Fabrice Muamba, his family and Bolton Wanderers.
"We would like to praise the players, match officials, coaching staff and medical teams of both clubs at White Hart Lane for their swift actions in attending Fabrice.
"The League would also like to commend the compassion shown by the fans of Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.
"We hope to hear positive news about Fabrice who is and has been a wonderful ambassador for the English game and the League at Arsenal, Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers."
There are a number of medical provisions in the Premier League Rule Book for all clubs. These include:
There are also medical/screening rules in the Youth section of the Premier League Rule Book. Rule 189 requires all Academies to: