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Muamba fighting for his life after collapsing in FA Cup tie

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba is reported to be fighting for his life after collapsing his his side's FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham.

The tie was abandoned after the 23-year-old collapsed and stopped breathing.

Medical staff spent 10 minutes trying to resuscitate the Bolton player on the pitch before the players were called off by referee Howard Webb and the match was abandoned.

Muamba was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and medics tried to revive him with a defibrillator, before he was taken to hospital.

The score was 1-1 at the time of the incident.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle says Muamba now faces a crucial 24 hours in his fight for life.

The midfielder is being treated in the intensive care unit of the heart attack centre at the London Chest Hospital and an update on his condition is expected today (Sunday).

"It's very serious," said Coyle. "There's no getting away from that. God willing, he makes it through. Fabrice is critically ill. The next 24 hours are going to be absolutely crucial.

The club and the hospital issued a joint statement at 9.30pm on Saturday, saying: "Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been admitted to the Heart Attack Centre at the London Chest Hospital where he is in a critically ill condition in intensive care."

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