Gartside Thanks 'Footballing Family'

  • March 18, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has thanked the 'global footballing family' for their support and concern for Fabrice Muamba.

Muamba collapsed during Wanderers' FA Cup tie at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday and was later admitted to the London Chest Hospital after it emerged he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Gartside travelled to the hospital, along with Trotters manager Owen Coyle and captain Kevin Davies, and he has paid his thanks to everybody who has contacted him or the club with messages of support for the 23-year-old.

"I know Fabrice's family have been overwhelmed by the huge outpouring of kindness, from people visiting the hospital to leave cards to those sending messages and emails," Gartside said.

"On behalf of our club, I would like to thank the Premier League, the FA and all the clubs who have been in touch to offer their support.

"This has extended worldwide with FIFA, UEFA and the global footballing family also.

"I would also like to offer our thanks and deep appreciation to all those at Tottenham Hotspur yesterday and Aston Villa for their understanding at this time.

"The staff at the London Chest Hospital have been nothing short of exceptional and I would like to thank them all at this on-going critical time.

"All BWFC fans who have contacted me personally or the club have been unbelievable. We aspire to be a family and all expressions of support are testimony to the reality of the family club we have at Bolton.

"I ask for everybody to keep Fabrice in their prayers and thoughts."

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