Los Angeles Soccer: Fabrice Muamba
CARSON -- Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was asked Sunday about Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who was in critical condition after collapsing to the turf in cardiac arrest during the Wanderers' English F.A. Cup match Saturday against Tottenham.
“It's hard. Our thoughts as a club and individually, from my family, all go to his family, his friends. We just hope he pulls through,” Beckham said following the Galaxy's 3-1 Major League Soccer victory over D.C. United. “It's a tough time for him and his family, of course. But hes got a lot of support out there, he's got a lot of love out there -- not just from the football in England, but from the whole world.
“We just hope he pulls through.”
Muamba, 23, fell to the ground late in the first half Saturday. A medical team ran onto the field and gave the former English youth international CPR, working on him for about six minutes, reports said, as fans of Bolton and Tottenham sang his name. The game was abandoned, and Bolton's English Premier League game Tuesday against Aston Villa has been postponed.
Muamba, born in what then was called Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), joined Bolton in 2008. He was bred in Arsenal's youth academy, in London.
One pundit, surveying the emotional response to Muamba's plight in England and abroad, noted that “we're all Wanderers now.”
“You know, it's true,” said Beckham, a Londoner who figures to lead Great Britain's soccer team at this summer's Olympics. “You go into these games week in and week out and the amount of pressure that's on teams to win games -- this puts it all in perspective. Health is the most important thing. Individuals and their health is more important than anything.
“We just hope he pulls through. Our love as a club all goes to him.”