I write this article with at least a little better feel than what I, like most football fans, was inflicted with on Saturday night. Fabrice Muamba of the Bolton Wanderers collapsed on the field that day while playing in the quarterfinal of the FA Cup against Tottenham Hotspur.
Everyone prayed for his recovery even though a part of them feared the worst. It brought back memories of Marc Vivien Foe and Besian Idrizaj and their tragedies. Thankfully, Muamba is a lot safer now, though he is still some way off from being considered normal just as yet.
The match was abandoned and rightly so by referee Howard Webb. There might not have been any result that day, but football had actually won. Almost a week is about to pass since the incident and still support for Muamba is ever increasing. I am glad to say that the sport of football continues to unite people. I am actually proud to follow such a sport which has passion, camaraderie and the will to win without losing touch with humanity and emotions.
As Muamba tries to get normal at the London Chest Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest because of which he collapsed, his family thanked everyone for their support.
We would like to firstly thank God for answering our prayers.Thank you to everyone for the love, prayers and support over the past few days. In particular we owe an enormous gratitude to the Bolton and Spurs medical teams for their quick reaction on Saturday, and the fantastic team here at the London Chest Hospital. We have been overwhelmed by all the kind messages we have received. The support we have had from the fans, not just from Bolton but football supporters around the world, has given us so much strength.
We have been particularly touched by the support from the football community globally.Thanks also to our family and close friends and thank you to the media for respecting our privacy during this very difficult time.
The immense power of this global sport has well and truly been reflected this past week. There are two sides to each coin. If football fanaticism creates rivalry causing riots at times, it even has the almost divine like force within to quench hatred and antipathy and gather blessings in plenty for ones who need them. No wonder it is termed 'the beautiful game'.
We all hope that Fabrice Muamba gets to the playing field as soon as possible doing what he does best. For the time being, he is surely forming at least a little part of our prayers.