Fabrice Muamba comments on Swansea City star Bafetimbi Gomis' collapse

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The former Bolton midfielder collapsed at White Hart Lane in 2012, in far more serious circumstances.

This week, for a brief moment, the world of football held its breath, as Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis collapsed to the field of play against Tottenham Hotspur unopposed.

Immediately the worst fears of the medical team and fans across the world began to race as Mauricio Pochettino halted his celebrations, as Nacer Chadli had just given Spurs the lead, to rush his staff on to the pitch to help.

Thankfully, all was OK. The fainting episode was not cardiac in nature. In fact, Gomis has done this before. The French striker collapsed three times in 2009 whilst a Lyon player. He suffers from vasovagal syncope, a condition which can cause someone to faint without warning. He Tweeted after the game, stating his father was ill and stress was likely the trigger for his latest episode.

It was of course frightening for Swansea fans to see their powerful forward struck down in such a manner, but for Tottenham fans at White Hart Lane it would have brought up some awful memories.

When Gomis crumpled to the floor it was impossible not to consider the comparisons with Fabrice Muamba. The Bolton Wanderers midfielder collapsed in an FA Cup tie back in March 2012.

Now, Muamba has spoken about the incident. He wrote on his official Sport Lobster account:

"I didn’t believe that Bafetimbi Gomis had collapsed at first, but I saw the newsflash and people talking about the incident on social media.

"He’s had a history of fainting on the pitch and I was just hoping that he was okay and, in fact, he recovered very well. That’s the most positive thing.

"It is shocking to see somebody collapse in this manner. Nobody wants to see it, especially your fellow professionals."

Hopefully it is a long time before another similar incident ever rears it's head in the Premier League.

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