Fabrice Muamba Collapse Update: Postponing Bolton vs. Aston Villa Is Right Move

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17:  Fabrice Muamba of Bolton Wanderers is taken off on a stretcher, still unconscious after receiving CPR treatment on the pitch after suddenly collapsing during the FA Cup Sixth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on March 17, 2012 in London, England.  The game was abandoned.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba reportedly remains anesthetized in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital after collapsing Saturday on the pitch at White Hart Lane in his squad's match against Tottenham Hotspur, according to Alan Nixon of MirrorFootball.co.uk.

The match was called off shortly before the second half when Muamba suddenly fell to the ground and had to be taken off on a stretcher. 

Via the Premier League's statement:

Following Fabrice Muamba's admission to hospital yesterday evening, the Premier League and Aston Villa have agreed to Bolton Wanderers' request to postpone the Barclays Premier League match between the two clubs scheduled for Tuesday 20th March.

The move is the right one by the Premier League, who have made all the necessary accommodations for the heart-broken club and fans. 

Muamba is just 23 years old and has one goal and one assist in 20 games this season with Bolton Wanderers. 

The club reportedly requested that their match with Aston Villa be postponed, and both Aston Villa and the Premier League agreed.

The match will be rearranged at a future date following appropriate consultation with the clubs. The thoughts of the Premier League, its clubs and players are with Fabrice Muamba, his family and Bolton Wanderers at this difficult time.

Nixon also believes that Bolton will likely pull out of the FA Cup instead of scheduling a rematch with Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Who can blame them if they do? The sight of Muamba's collapse is every soccer fan's, manager's and player's worst fear and should be taken seriously and evaluated thoroughly.

The Premier League is making all the right moves and is smart to oblige Bolton's request to postpone Tuesday's match with Aston Villa out of respect for the team, fans, Muamba and his family. 


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