The football world has united in support of Fabrice Muamba who collapsed folllowing a “cardiac arrest” during Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Spurs.
Surely the greatest gesture has come from his manager; former Republic of Ireland international Owen Coyle who has forgotten about his near 24 hour a day job to maintain a bedside vigil at Muamba’s side at London Heart Hospital. The 45 year-old has in fact only left Muamba’s side to sleep or to get a bite to eat. It is a remarkable gesture from a man whose club are languishing in the minefield of a ferociously tight relegation battle.
Bolton lie just one point and one place above the Premier League drop zone and their manager would most certainly be ensconced in preparation for Saturday’s relegation six pointer with Blackburn were it not for events of the weekend. Blackburn have also issued a most unusual gesture in the dog-eat-dog world of top flight football. With the club lying just two points above Bolton; under pressure boss Steve Kean has stated that his club will allow the game to be postponed until Bolton’s players feel they are able to play. Whilst sports people in general will take advantage of any weakness they can find (I recall a player once being taunted with the recent death of his mother by an opponent); Blackburn’s gesture deserves to be applauded.
Bolton’s scheduled match with Aston Villa on Tuesday night has also been postponed with Bolton chairman Phil Gartside set to decide on whether they’ll continue participation in the FA Cup over the next few days.
Bolton’s opponents last Saturday evening; Tottenham, have offered heart screening to the players of the club; with every single player seeking to take up that heart screening.
By Monday afternoon (19th March); Muamba’s heart was reported to have been beating without the use of medication. He was reported to have been sitting upright and he had also started speaking. Further examinations were needed to ascertain what impact there had been on his other vital organs.