Fabrice Muamba collapses on pitch during FA Cup match

Tottenham’s FA Cup game against Bolton Wanderers has been abandoned after Trotters midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed and stopped breathing.

Medics spent 10 minutes trying to resuscitate the 23-year-old on the field before the players were taken off by referee Howard Webb.

The score was 1-1 when he collapsed with no players close-by on 41 minutes.

Medical staff gave Muamba mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and tried to revive him with a defibrillator. In total six medics were treating the player.

Both sets of supporters chanted Muamba’s name as he was taken off the pitch on a stretcher. ESPN reported that he was not breathing as he was taken down the tunnel.

The former Arsenal midfielder has been taken to hospital.

Referee Webb called the visibly shaken players off the field after consulting with managers Owen Coyle and Harry Redknapp.

Minutes later the match was abandoned.

Soon after the incident, messages of support flooded in for the former Arsenal man.

England international Jack Wilshere, who played with Muamba at Bolton, tweeted: “Hope Muamba is okay. Thoughts with him.”

Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte, who played in the Arsenal youth team with Muamba, said: “I seriously hope my best friend in football is OK. Stay strong bro [sic] please please stay strong. God is with you remember that.”

Muamba joined Wanderers from Birmingham City in 2008 and has made 130 league appearances for the club.