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Fabrice retires from football

HANGING UP HIS BOOTS: Muamba

BOLTON WANDERERS midfielder Fabrice Muamba announced today (August 15) that he is retiring from football aged 24.

The former England under-21 international suffered a cardiac arrest in March during an FA Cup fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Muamba’s heart stopped beating for 78 minutes but he gradually made a miraculous recovery.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Muamba wanted to continue his footballing career but has decided to retire based on medical advice.

“Since suffering my heart attack and being discharged from hospital, I have remained utterly positive in the belief I could one day resume my playing career and play for Bolton Wanderers once again,” said Muamba.

“As part of my on-going recovery, last week I travelled to Belgium to seek further medical advice from a leading cardiologist. But the news I received was obviously not what I had hoped it would be and it means I am now announcing my retirement from professional football.

“Football has been my life since I was a teenage boy and it has given me so many opportunities. Above all else, I love the game and count myself very lucky to have been able to play at the highest level.”

He added: “While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for. I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and the Bolton fans who have been incredible. I am blessed to have the support of my family and friends at this time.”

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