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A Tottenham Hotspur fan's account of witnessing Fabrice Muamba's shocking collapse

Matt Davis was at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening, watching Spurs take on Bolton Wanderers. Nobody was prepared for what they were about to see. Read his account here...

These moments in football are never forgotten due to the rare nature for when they occur.

Yet when they do occur, the footballing world unites together to show the true meaning behind the game we all adore. As someone who was there during the dramatic event, the thoughts of the atmosphere which the 36,000 spectators created still gives me shivers.

At around 40 minutes of play the ball was taken to the corner flag by Bale, where the ball failed to reach the box and instead went out for a goal kick.

Moments later the mood shirked as attention was brought to a Bolton player who was lying face first on the floor. It was impossible to know at this stage the severity of what was taking place, and many thought that it was the typical drama of a footballer which we see weekly at games.

The atmosphere at this point was confusion as Modric and Webb frantically called on the medics, who were quickly followed by ambulance paramedics who brought on a stretcher.

At this time, I still thought that it must have been a knock by a Spurs player which has resulted in this Bolton player being unconscious.

After a couple of minutes patiently waiting, a few people were muttering that the injured Bolton player was receiving CPR which sent chills down everybody's spine who was sitting near me.

The Bolton fans suddenly started cheering "Fabrice Muamba" continuously which led to the 36,000 attendees chanting out his name in unison.

At this point, a mixture of Bolton and Spurs players were looking down at the distressing scenes of Muamba receiving CPR which led to Reo-Coker and a team-mate kneeling at the side of the pitch holding hands and making a prayer.

Rafael Van der Vaart was also seen praying for Muamba as a violent round of applause and roars erupted the stadium urging Muamba to keep fighting. A Spurs fan, who was later revealed to be a top cardiologist, ran onto the pitch to help assist the two club's medical teams who were dealing with the injured Muamba.

Muamba was then lifted onto the stretcher and wheeled off the pitch whilst still receiving CPR. The two teams then followed into the tunnel after Howard Webb called them in to discuss if the match would continue.

We all stood in silence whilst we waited for around five minutes before the loudspeaker announced that the game had been abandoned. The eeriness continued as there was silence whilst everybody left the stadium in a uniformed manner.

Later that evening, it had emerged that the player had suffered a cardiac arrest and was in "critical condition".

The next day saw both Premier League games perform a one minute applause for Muamba, who at the time was still sedated in order to be monitored by the doctors at the London Chest Hospital. In the FA cup, Chelsea's Gary Cahill removed his football top after he scored in the 5-2 win over Leicester to show "Pray 4 Muamba" on his top.

The support was also shown in Madrid as Sergio Ramos wore a "Get well soon Muamba" shirt. Messages for the footballer has been circulating all over Twitter with Wayne Rooney, Gary Lineker and Patrick Vieira all wishing the Bolton Midfielder well.

Within the past 24 hours, it has been reported that Muamba is no longer on medication to keep his heart beating, can move his legs and his arms, and he can also recognise and speak to his visitors in French and English.

Hopefully within a few months we will be able to see Fabrice Muamba back on the football pitch where he belongs.

image: © Crystian Cruz

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