Bolton's ex Birmingham City and Arsenal man faces a critical 24 hours in hospital after collapsing on the pitch yesterday...
Fabrice Muamba. A name most football fans will have heard or read about at one time or another but after today, will never forget. For the wrong reasons.
As I type this I should be basking in the glory of my home nations victory in the RBS Six Nations, but as a football fan I was brought down to earth with a sickening reality after reading on Twitter what had happened at White Hart Lane this evening in the match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur.
After reading then listening as to what had happened, there was one thought that kept recurring; this is a 23 year old athlete fighting for his life. A man who is paid to be at the peak of physical fitness and I'm sure that he is that.
Being the age that we live in, I tried to find as much out about what had happened as possible. I scoured the Internet, TV channels and social media for anything regarding what had happened. Then I watched the clips on You Tube. Rightly or wrongly, I could not help but watch. I was watching for the reaction of the players, having read that players were distraught and deeply effected by what is, after all, someone seriously ill within close proximity. And I regret it.
Plaudits too for referee Howard Webb for a calm head in the worse case scenario
But what happened next was a universal positive response. Okay, in the age of social media it is easier to "get a message out there" but at least it was one of positivity. And as I type, Bolton's Fabrice Muamba is in a stable condition. But the fact that something as shocking as this man's health taking a grave turn out of the blue, the well wishing gave a little reminder that football fans can actually function at a human level once in a while. The taunting, badgering, abusive and threatening banter/language/posting went out the window and in a joint uniformity seldom seen in a football universe, positivity came out.
Players, pundits, clubs, fans and even the average Joes were expressing concern. Proof that, every once in a while, we can have the same thoughts.
I must mention the reaction of the medical staff from both clubs, those of the paramedics and volunteers, for what was a immediate response to a potentially unimaginable situation and their professionalism. And plaudits too for referee Howard Webb for a calm head in the worse case scenario.
Fabrice Muamba is far from well at this moment in time.
Let's all hope again to make sure he is.
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