Fabrice Muamba: The Football World Offers Support for the Stricken Bolton Player

Jocelyn TaubCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2012

Fabrice Muamba of Bolton
Fabrice Muamba of BoltonRichard Heathcote/Getty Images

The football world witnessed a heart-breaking scene on Saturday when Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch 41 minutes into his team’s FA Cup quarterfinal match with Tottenham. Muamba is currently in the intensive care unit of a London hospital and is listed in critical condition. Meanwhile, messages of prayers and thoughts for Muamba are being expressed by fans and even non-fans from all over the world.

Sadly, the tragic events of today have caused football fans everywhere to truly think about what is important in life. While it’s great to root for your team to win or for your rivals to lose, the scene that played out today at White Hart Lane has put everything in perspective. As of this writing, it’s apparent that world football fans are united behind the trending Twitter hashtag #PrayForMuamba.

As an Arsenal fan, I tuned in to today’s FA Cup match between Tottenham and Bolton hoping to see a win for Owen Coyle’s team. Obviously, the long-running rivalry between Arsenal and Spurs was a large part of the motivation behind my support for Bolton. Of course, I realize now how insignificant the game actually is in the big picture and I feel a bit silly for being so fueled by dislike for another club.

It’s sad that it took a tragedy to bring football fans together, but the genuine outpouring of good wishes and prayers for Muamba is heartwarming. My Twitter time-line has been full of non-stop positive messages of support for Muamba all day and has even seen rival supporters unite behind a common cause.

Here is just a sampling of some of the tweets:


Tottenham fans pray for Muamba
Tottenham fans pray for MuambaClive Rose/Getty Images

@ludivinesagna Spurs v Bolton match is not important, FA Cup is not important, Football is not important, Muamba's life is important.#PrayForMuamba

@MillieClifford Not a football fan but its horrible news. Puts life in perspective.#PrayForMuamba

@theroballen At times like this its always refreshing to see fans unite#prayforMuamba

@LiamPalmer12 The whole world of football players and fans of every club are wishing he pulls through #prayformuamba

@oluwashina We are all "Wanderers" tonight, waiting and praying to hear the good news. Thoughts and Prayers with Fab and his family.#PrayForMuamba

@linziwood Football united. #PrayForMuamba

@mrcraiglyons #PrayForMuamba . Football unites at times like these, no matter what team, or country you support.

@darrenrichman A twelve year old with a Bolton scarf is crying on the tube. & now I am too. #prayformuamba

 @ByronAnthony84 When a player is fighting for his life, football means NOTHING, absolutely nothing #PrayForMuamba

@fcblj No matter who you support or what colors you wear football is a family at the end of the day. #PrayForMuamba

Spurs players thinking of Muamba
Spurs players thinking of MuambaClive Rose/Getty Images

@southwestgooner  “This is now a day when football across the World comes together to pray for Muamba. puts everything into perspective. #prayforMuamba

@samearith it's brilliant to see the footballing community united during times like this #PrayForMuamba

@LiamLawson_97 Just goes to show their is a #footballfamily, keep fighting #Muamba #PrayForMuamba #football #BWFC #spurs

@ZakAnsah This is when football comes united and one big team#PrayForMuamba

@djwanker The football family, regardless of club allegiance, and all other decent, right thinking people, are pulling together to#PrayForMuamba

@joshtrask This is when football comes united and one big team#prayformuamba

 @JustASpur Right now, we're not Tottenham fans and we're not Bolton fans. We're all united as Fabrice Muamba fans. #PrayForMuamba

 @Carroll9Fans Spurs vs Bolton means nothing! FA Cup means nothing! Football means nothing! Right now Fabrice Muamba is everything!! <3#PrayForMuamba


@Tim_Cahill This is now a day when football across the World comes together to pray for Muamba. puts everything into perspective. #prayforMuamba

Kyle Walker took to Twitter to offer prayers for Muamba
Kyle Walker took to Twitter to offer prayers for MuambaJulian Finney/Getty Images

@kyle28walker Doesn't matter who you support..Doesn't matter if you aren't a football fan. Doesn't matter if you aren't religious..Pray for Fabrice Muamba.

@juanmata10 Everybody with you Fabrice #PrayForMuamba "@chelseafc: Thoughts and prayers of all at Chelsea are with Fabrice Muamba and his family."

@justinhoyte84  @fmuamba please please be ok bro! I love you so much bro.#PrayforMuamba please everyone he is the nicest guy u will ever meet an know!

Other players that took to Twitter to offer their support to Muamba include: Jack Wilshere, Djibril Cisse, Rio Ferdinand, Brad Guzan, Thomas Vermaelen, Stuart Holden, Marc Albrighton, Jermaine Defoe, Juan Pablo Angel, Nico Yennaris,Tom Huddlestone, Mario Balotelli, Kevin Doyle, Henri Lansbury, Vincent Kompany, John Arne Riuise, Benik Afobe, Steven Gerrard, Craig Eastmond, Nigel DeJong, Robin Van Persie, Shay Given, Pablo Zabaleta, Emmerson Boyce, Wayne Routledge, Titus Bramble, Asamoah Gyan, Wayne Rooney, Rafael van der Vaart and Carlos Cuellar.


Almost the entire UK football world used their team Twitter accounts to send out well wishes for Patrice Muamba. This one from Nottingham Forest pretty much sums up the thoughts of the UK’s professional footballing family.

@Official_NFFC The thoughts of everyone at Nottingham Forest Football Club are with Fabrice Muamba and his family #PrayForMuamba

Tim Cahill tweeted his support for Fabrice Muamba
Tim Cahill tweeted his support for Fabrice MuambaLaurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Just some of the other clubs that issued statements of support for Muamba on Twitter include:

Motherwell FC, Tottenham, Bristol, Scunthorpe, Oldham Athletic, Hull, Shamrock Rovers, Blackpool, Sheffield United, Newcastle, Wolves, Sunderland, Everton, Norwich, Aston Villa, Juventus, Arsenal, QPR, Swansea City, Charlton, Blackburn, Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth Argyle, Chelsea and Fulham.

Finally, Arsenal and Tottenham fans put aside their differences for a common cause. Many Arsenal supporters even complimented Spurs and their fans for the class and respect demonstrated by the home crowd following Muamba’s collapse.

@d_u_b_z Muamba you brought together spurs and gooners...nuff said. God bless you #GetWellSoon

@ArsenalFCView We hate you, and you hate us. But amazing respect to the Spurs fans tonight. Humanity is greater than football ever will be.

@MikelArteta08 Fair play to the Spurs fans who chanted Fabrice Muamba's name, rivalries don't matter in times like these. Please be okay.

@danhutch Got to say the Spurs fans were class today. Forget the history & rivalry, today we are all one. More than a game #afc #COYS#Pray4Muamba