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London 2012 Olympics: Wrestling chief blasts Team GB

They absolutely sucked… and you can write that down! Wrestling chief blasts Team GB

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UPDATED:

09:05 GMT, 11 August 2012

British Wrestling stood by their policy of foreign imports despite a withering attack from the president of the sport's international governing body.

More criticism was aimed at British Wrestling this week after Britain's sole wrestler at the Olympics – Ukraine-born Olga Butkevych – crashed out of the -55kg freestyle in the first round.

The organisation were already under fire for failing to fill their quota of three athletes, and for going back on their vow that foreign imports, who came to Britain as sparring partners five years ago, would not be allowed to wrestle for Team GB.

End of the road: Olga Butkevych (red) crashed out in the first round

End of the road: Olga Butkevych (red) crashed out in the first round

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And the organisation were hit by fresh criticism from Raphael Martinetti, president of Fidiration Internationale des Luttes Associies (FILA) yesterday evening.

'The British team actually managed to do nothing,' Martinetti told a press conference.

'Three places were awarded to Great Britain but they decided to keep only one.

'Who is to blame Great Britain Someone else the federation I am not sure, but what I can tell you is that they absolutely sucked, and you can write that down.'

Going down: The Ukraine-born Brit failed to make it beyond the opening round

Going down: The Ukraine-born Brit failed to make it beyond the opening round

British Wrestling defended their policy after the attack.

'The policy of bringing training partners to Britain was to raise standards,' the body's chief executive Colin Nicholson said.

The British Olympic Association ruled in May that Leon Rattigan and Oleksandr Madyarchyk were not good enough to wrestle for Team GB despite the fact they only missed their qualification target by one and two places respectively.

Nicholson believes the pair should have been allowed to compete in London.

'FILA is not used to having host nation places returned to it. that was the result of a BOA policy, a policy of returning host nation places where the agreed selection criteria hasn't been met,' he added.

'There is no doubt that British Wrestling was able to field three credible athletes at the Olympics.

'The other two athletes (Rattigan and Madyarchyk) have both beaten other wrestlers who are participating in the Olympic Games in previous competitions.'

Wimbledon 2012: Andy Murray to face David Ferrer after Ed Sheeran inspiration – Martin Samuel

Murray's a big hit after the musical chairs…

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UPDATED:

21:48 GMT, 3 July 2012

Andy Murray was listening to Ed Sheeran during breaks in play on Tuesday. You can understand why he came back on court a little tetchy.

He's not exactly a barrel of laughs, Ed Sheeran. His most famous song, The A Team, is about the wintry, pitiful death of a teenage drug addict hooker. You really come out of the blocks full of life's joys after a quick blast of that in the locker room.

Then again, Murray could have stuck on the theme tune from The Banana Splits and by the time Wimbledon's committee of surreal misrule had finished with his schedule, he would have had steam coming out of his ears. Much like the rest of us.

Weather doesn't rain on Andy's parade: Murray overcame the conditions to beat Cillic

Weather doesn't rain on Andy's parade: Murray overcame the conditions to beat Cillic

It certainly wasn't the worst day of weather in Wimbledon's history. Not even the worst of this tournament if truth be told and, considering the summer we have had, the chaos could have been considerable by now.

Even so, at the point just after noon when Murray was looking squarely at Grand Slam supervisor Pam Whitecross, and hissing: 'Who ordered this suspension Who' it did seem as if there was a previously undiscovered circle of hell entitled 'intermittent showers'.

Murray will play David Ferrer in the quarter-finals today, despite the tournament planners, rather than because of their decisive interventions. Had he not got a difficult fourth-round tie with Marin Cilic over in straight sets and before a second wave of rain came in, he would still have been hanging around yesterday evening, time running out and pressure mounting up.

Going through: The British No 1 will face Ferrer in the quarter-finals

Going through: The British No 1 will face Ferrer in the quarter-finals

Having been accused of all but fixing the tournament in Murray's favour by second-round opponent Ivo Karlovic, no doubt the organisers were very keen to see Murray do his turn on Court No 1.

Unfortunately that appearance has coincided with 48 hours of inclement weather, meaning Murray did very well indeed to dispatch another member of the awkward squad in double quick time, before facing one of the most in-form players on the circuit today.

'This is the start of something beautiful,' sings Sheeran, 'this is the start of something new.' And for Murray, maybe it is.

Novak Djokovic looks the best player here, unsurprisingly, but in Murray's part of the draw he is the kingpin. Not that it is without dangers – Ferrer defeated him at the French Open last month – but it would not be arrogant to acknowledge this as Murray's most favourable path to the final so far.

Making a racquet: Murray speaks to the umpire as rain starts to fall again on Tuesday

Making a racquet: Murray speaks to the umpire as rain starts to fall again on Tuesday

Rafael Nadal is eliminated and his toughest opponent so far has been the peculiar way his sport deals with rain delays. Tuesday's resumption was scheduled to start at midday, for instance. It was relatively clear by late morning. So, did the officials hurry the players along, get them to knock up at 11.50am ready for a midday start Not at all.

Murray and Cilic emerged at 12, starting warming up at 12.01 and it began raining again at 12.07. 'Time,' said the umpire, without a trace of irony.

Murray was leading 40-0 and 3-1 in the second set from Monday. He won the point, at which point both men walked off court in the light drizzle and sat down for the scheduled between-game break. There were another five points played before precipitation curtailed play.

Meanwhile, over on Centre Court, the roof that had been shut all morning had been opened in time for play to start, despite the adverse forecast. Now, in response to the rain, it was being closed again, forcing a delay of 30 minutes.

Next up: Murray will face the in-form Ferrer for a place in the last four

Next up: Murray will face the in-form Ferrer for a place in the last four

A Magic Eight-Ball could have decided the tournament's rain policy with greater consistency. Murray went back to Ed Sheeran, not knowing when he would return. Fortunately, he had to wait little more than an hour.

It was six minutes past one when the players reappeared – although they could have done so a good 15 minutes earlier – and light rain had resumed by the time the five-minute knock-up was completed.

Perhaps fearing another scowl and snarl from Britain's impatient No 1, this time they let it slide. Murray did not require a second invitation.

He rattled through the completion of the second set, winning 6-2, and saved two break points at the start of the third, before the rain set in again. This time, there was at least compromise. The play stopped, but the players did not leave the court, instead sheltering beneath umbrellas while some more official walkie-talkie action took place.

Resuming to cheers, it seemed Murray had grown as tired of the uncertainty as the rest of us. He finished off Cilic with a flourish of big serves delivered and big points won. Cilic is no fool, either.

Trailing 4-1 and 40-0, he saved three break points and another at advantage, to delay Murray's march into the sharp end of the men's singles.

There was impressive inevitability about the denouement, however, as Murray served two aces in the final game, before Cilic put a double backhand into the net. It was brisk, it was businesslike, and further evidence of Murray's refusal to fall victim to fate at this tournament.

A dropped set, a tiebreak or two and he could have been shuffling around on his iPod all day. Instead, it was home to rest up, mess around on PlayStation and plan his revenge on Ferrer, which will take place on Centre Court, where Murray is likely to stay for the remainder of the tournament.

He might even find time for some more Ed Sheeran; although the Banana Splits will better reflect the mood of optimism if he is still here for Friday's semi-final.

England and West Indies bowlers won the day: Nasser Hussain

I'm bowled over by the game’s top thinkers

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UPDATED:

21:52 GMT, 27 May 2012

Everybody turned up on Sunday expecting England to bat all day and pile up 500, maybe even 600, on what is still the flattest of Trent Bridge pitches in perfect conditions.

Well, it didn't turn out that way. Neither side batted particularly badly but 14 wickets fell on the third day because of excellent, disciplined bowling by both England and West Indies and the thinking of two captains who really earned their corn.

This was a case of England batsmen being outthought and effectively bored out at times by West Indies as there was still precious little sideways movement before Andrew Strauss then posted sweepers to help keep control even when England were attacking so effectively with the new ball last night. I was very impressed by West Indies in the field.

Fiery: Kemar Roach bowled well for the tourists

Fiery: Kemar Roach bowled well for the tourists

They had a difficult day on Saturday but came back strongly when they could have wilted yesterday morning when faced with Strauss unbeaten on a hundred overnight and Kevin Pietersen in full flow.

Kemar Roach was fiery after his no-ball problems, Ravi Rampaul was a very good foil to him and Darren Sammy executed his plans perfectly, including frustrating Strauss into nicking a wide one.

Then when West Indies batted again after tea Jimmy Anderson was phenomenal with the new ball while Stuart Broad showed what an incredibly good thinker on the game he is.

Three and easy: Tim Bresnan took a flurry of late wickets for England

Three and easy: Tim Bresnan took a flurry of late wickets for England

England have thought long and hard about how to dismiss Shiv Chanderpaul but no seamer had managed to do it in this series before Sunday when Broad and Strauss came up with a plan.

They must have sensed that Chanderpaul had decided to go for his shots and Broad had a long discussion with his captain before posting a leg gully and two other fielders on the leg side.

The world's No 1 ranked batsman must have thought that the ball was going to be full and straight, as opposed to Anderson's plan of attacking him outside off stump, but Broad double-bluffed him and sent down a bouncer.

Ball beats bat: Matt Prior's middle stump flies out of the ground

Ball beats bat: Matt Prior's middle stump flies out of the ground

Chanderpaul was never totally in control of the resulting pull and hit it straight down Jonathan Trott's throat at long leg before Broad followed that up with a series of full balls to Marlon Samuels that, with his lack of footwork, he could easily have nicked. Clever bowling from a man with a fantastic cricket brain.

Tough day at the office: England's Jonny Bairstow struggled to deal with Kemar Roach's short pitch bowling

Tough day at the office: England's Jonny Bairstow struggled to deal with Kemar Roach's short pitch bowling

He and Anderson were brilliant with the new ball, but the man who made the difference was Tim Bresnan. The way he reversed the old ball at pace was magnificent – that extra zip off the pitch makes him a real addition to the side.

One of the day's talking points was the problems Jonny Bairstow had in coping with Roach but it is far too early to say that this lad definitely has a weakness against short pitched bowling.

After Lord's we were saying how organised Bairstow was but there were those yesterday at Trent Bridge almost writing him off, especially as Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel are on their way later this summer with South Africa.

The truth is somewhere in between. He will have to do some work with Graham Gooch because, after Sunday, every bowler will be queuing up to bowl short at Bairstow but let's not forget that Roach had a new ball in his hand and was bowling with a fast arm at a skiddy pace.

The lad knows he has arrived in Test cricket now and will have to work it out.

Stale who? Wolves stars Johnson and Zubar in the dark over new boss Solbakken

Stale who Wolves stars Johnson and Zubar in the dark over new boss Solbakken

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UPDATED:

20:33 GMT, 11 May 2012

Household name: Solbakken

Household name: Solbakken

Wolves players have reacted with bemusement after Stale Solbakken was confirmed as their new boss.

As revealed in Sportsmail, the former Norway international was announced as Mick McCarthy's successor.

Chief executive Jez Moxey informed the club's players at a meeting yesterday morning. Solbakken will officially begin his duties on July 1.

But it seems the credentials of the ex-Copenhagen and Cologne boss has passed several players by.

Centre-half Roger Johnson said: 'I don't know who the guy is.'

And fellow defender Ronald Zubar mirrored that comment with: 'Seriously, I haven't heard of him.'

Gavin Henson suspended by Cardiff Blues

Welsh bad boy Henson suspended by Blues after incident on flight from Scotland

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UPDATED:

23:11 GMT, 31 March 2012

Gavin Henson's rugby career is under threat again after the Wales international was suspended by Cardiff Blues on Saturday night following an alleged incident on a plane.

A number of the Cardiff team, including 30-year-old Henson, are claimed to have gone out in Glasgow on Friday night after they had lost 31-3 to the Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12 match.

Henson, who came on as a substitute in the 65th minute, is believed to have returned to the team hotel in the early hours of the morning.

In the dock: Gavin Henson has been suspended by Cardiff Blues

In the dock: Gavin Henson has been suspended by Cardiff Blues

Not the first time: Henson has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons before

Not the first time: Henson has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons before

There have also been claims of ice
cubes being thrown by members of the Blues’ party on their return flight
to Cardiff yesterday morning.

The Blues management team are due to
meet on Sunday to discuss the matter further and a spokesman said:
‘Cardiff Blues can confirm that Gavin Henson has been suspended with
immediate effect following an incident on the flight back from Scotland
after their match against Glasgow Warriors.’

It is not the first time Henson has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.

In April 2011, he was suspended for
two weeks by the Toulon management following an an alleged fight with
team-mates on a night out after a match against Toulouse.

Henson joined the Blues on an eight-month deal last October, but has not started regularly.

Cardiff travel to Dublin next weekend to meet Heineken Cup champions Leinster in this season’s quarter-finals.

Fabrice Muamba update: Bolton star in critical condition as Owen Coyle thanks support

Football unites to show support for Muamba but Bolton star remains in 'critical' condition after heart attack at White Hart Lane

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UPDATED:

19:17 GMT, 18 March 2012

The football world remained united in hope for stricken Bolton player Fabrice Muamba today.

As it was revealed Muamba will spend at least another 24 hours in intensive care after medical staff took two hours to get the 23-year-old's heart beating on its own following his collapse during an FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham yesterday, former team-mate Gary Cahill led the tributes.

Cahill was a team-mate of Muamba's for two-and-a-half years before leaving Bolton for Chelsea in January. The bond between the pair remains strong and after scoring in Chelsea's FA Cup win over Leicester at Stamford Bridge, Cahill revealed a T-shirt with the message 'Pray 4 Muamba' printed on it.

Sombre: Owen Coyle (left) and Bolton chairman Phil Gartside (right) speak outside London Chest Hospital on Sunday

Sombre: Owen Coyle (left) and Bolton chairman Phil Gartside (right) speak outside London Chest Hospital on Sunday

Sombre: Bolton boss Coyle arrives hospital to visit Muamba on Sunday afternoon

Sombre: Bolton boss Coyle arrives hospital to visit Muamba on Sunday afternoon

It is a message that has been repeated by so many over the past 24 hours as concern for Muamba's condition continued. Supporters at Wolves' home game with Manchester United combined in a minute's applause before kick-off.

A detailed statement, released jointly by Bolton and the London Chest Hospital this lunchtime, brought good news in the sense that Muamba's heart was working again.

'Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition in intensive care in the Heart Attack Centre at The London Chest Hospital,' read the statement. 'He was admitted to the hospital yesterday evening after collapsing at White Hart Lane, where he sustained a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup Quarter Final against Tottenham Hotspur.

Pray for Muamba: Gary Cahill celebrates his goal with a message for his former Bolton team-mate

Pray for Muamba: Gary Cahill celebrates his goal with a message for his former Bolton team-mate

Respect: Manchester United players took part in a 30-second applause ahead of their match against Wolves at Molineux

Respect: Manchester United players took part in a 30-second applause ahead of their match against Wolves at Molineux

Applause: John Terry and Frank Lampard lead Chelsea's support for Muamba

Applause: John Terry and Frank Lampard lead Chelsea's support for Muamba

'Fabrice received prolonged resuscitation at the ground and en route to The London Chest Hospital, where his heart eventually started working.

'As is normal medical practice, Fabrice remains anaesthetised in intensive care and will be for at least 24 hours.

'His condition continues to be closely monitored by the cardiac specialists at the hospital.'

Vigil: Jermain Defoe and his mother Sandra visited Muamba at the hospital in east London

Vigil: Jermain Defoe and his mother Sandra visited Muamba at the hospital in east London

Show of support: Bolton Wanderers club doctor Jonathan Tobin (R) and defender Tyrone Mears (L) arrive with other team officials at the London Chest Hospital on Sunday morning

Show of support: Bolton Wanderers club doctor Jonathan Tobin (R) and defender Tyrone Mears (L) arrive with other team officials at the London Chest Hospital on Sunday morning

As a steady stream of supporters headed to the Reebok Stadium to lay flowers and offer their support to Muamba, the former Arsenal and Birmingham player was visited by members of his family this morning and Bolton officials and players, including manager Owen Coyle, and other famous footballing names later.

Coyle had accompanied the midfielder to hospital yesterday along with club captain Kevin Davies.

'From our end, and on behalf of the family, we want to say a big thanks to everyone,' said Coyle this afternoon. 'We have been inundated by good messages, everyone praying for Fabrice which is very important.

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

'It has been a real source of strength for the family. We know how difficult a time it is for everyone.

'I can't really quantify it (the support). It has been incredible, not just from the football world, from everyone.

'It is great to be talented at football but it's more important to be a genuinely nice man and everyone recognises Fabrice is that. That has pulled everyone together.

Liverpool fans in the Kop display their get well messages before the club's FA Cup tie against Stoke

Liverpool fans in the Kop display their get well messages before the club's FA Cup tie against Stoke

Get well soon: Bolton fans have shown their support outside the club's Reebok Stadium home

Get well soon: Bolton fans have shown their support outside the club's Reebok Stadium home

'We certainly hope he comes through this. If he pulls through it would be marvellous, it really would.'

The Premier League have quickly agreed to Bolton's request for Tuesday's planned encounter with Aston Villa at Villa Park to be postponed. No new date has been confirmed and it is still not clear when last night's game will be played.

Bolton's next game is due to be in the Premier League, against local rivals and relegation scrappers Blackburn, at home on Saturday, although no decision will be made until much later in the week about whether that match can proceed.

Shrine: Well wishers have flocked to the Reebok Stadium to leave get well messages for Muamba

Shrine: Well wishers have flocked to the Reebok Stadium to leave get well messages for Muamba

Well-wishers: Bolton fans have been leaving shirts and scarves outside the stadium to show their support

Well-wishers: Bolton fans have been leaving shirts and scarves outside the stadium to show their support

Well-wishers: Bolton fans have been leaving shirts and scarves outside the stadium to show their support

'It was the right decision to abandon the game,' said Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. 'Everybody was in a state of shock and it wouldn't have been right to carry on.

'Football is the last thing on anyone's mind when an awful situation such as this happens. All we are thinking about now is Fabrice and his family.'

Referee Howard Webb, whose prompt actions last night, in addition to those of medical staff at White Hart Lane, withdrew from fourth official duties at Wolves on the advice of a psychologist who works with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PMGMOL).

Rio Ferdinand played in the game and afterwards repeated his good wishes for Muamba to make a full recovery. 'Thoughts with Fabrice Muamba, keep fighting bro,' he said on Twitter.

Critical condition: The London Chest Hospital in east London where Muamba remains under care

Critical condition: The London Chest Hospital, who released a joint statement with Bolton Wanderers FC (below), in east London where Muamba remains under care

Critical condition: The London Chest Hospital, who released a joint statement with Bolton Wanderers FC, in east London where Muamba remains under care

This is not the first time Bolton
have been at the centre of such a terrible incident. In 2004, former
Senegal international Khalilou Fadiga collapsed prior to a Carling Cup
tie with Tottenham at the Reebok Stadium.

Fadiga had to be fitted with a
defibrillator due to an irregular heartbeat and despite initial
reservations, was eventually able to resume his career, although he
never reached the levels he had been at previously.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy added:
'Our thoughts are with Fabrice's family and Bolton Wanderers and we are
all willing him to pull through. Events such as this put everything into
perspective.

'We are immensely proud and grateful
to the medical teams at both clubs, their response was immediate and
professional. Our thanks also to both sets of fans for their support and
behaviour.

'Too often we read the negatives
about football and yet last night, at a time of intense emergency and
uncertainty, we saw the true humanity and empathy of the footballing
family.'

Distress: Coyle and his backroom staff are all praying Muamba will pull through

Distress: Coyle and his backroom staff are all praying Muamba will pull through

Muamba, an England Under 21 star, who is a father of one, underwent six minutes of treatment during worrying scenes at White Hart Lane.

He was fitted with an oxygen mask and was then rushed to the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green in east London.

Within a second of seeing Muamba fall
to the ground, Bolton manager Owen Coyle shouted 'he's just collapsed'
before running on to the pitch to be alongside his player amid a sombre
atmosphere at Tottenham's ground.

Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Coyle look on

Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Coyle look on

Both sets of fans chanted the
player's name as he was being treated and Tottenham forward Rafael van
der Vaart and Muamba's team-mate Tuncay Sanli both prayed for the former
Arsenal player on the pitch. Some fans cried at the sight of seeing a
player out cold on the pitch.

Muamba was carried off on a stretcher and referee Howard Webb abandoned the match moments later.

In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane

In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane

Worried fans and players took to Twitter to give their reaction to Muamba's collapse.

Message of support: A host of stars are praying Muamba makes a recovery after posting messages on Twitter

Message of support: A host of stars are praying Muamba makes a recovery after posting messages on Twitter

Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte,
who came through the Arsenal youth team with Muamba, posted: 'I
seriously hope my best friend in football is OK. Stay strong bro please
please stay strong. God is with you remember that.'

Muamba's Bolton team-mate Stuart Holden wrote: 'Praying for you Fab. Hope he's OK. Thoughts with him and his family.'

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe said: 'Pray for fab god willing he will pull through PrayForMuamba.'
Muamba started his career at Arsenal and spent two years at Birmingham before joining Bolton in 2008.

He was born in Zaire, now known as
the Democratic Republic of Congo, but has represented England from Under 16 to Under 21 level.

Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff

Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe - a close friend of Muamba's - a show of support

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe – a close friend of Muamba's – a show of support

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer

Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer

Anguish: Tuncay Sanli prays on the pitch for his team-mate as Tottenham's Luka Modric looks on

Anguish: Tuncay Sanli prays on the pitch for his team-mate as Tottenham's Luka Modric looks on

Webb removed as fourth official at Molineux on advice of psychologist

Howard Webb has been removed from his fourth official duties at Molineux today after Fabrice Muamba's mid-match collapse left him no choice but to abandon yesterday's FA Cup tie between Spurs and Bolton.

Referee's chief Mike Riley has granted Webb a leave of absence, allowing the World Cup official to miss this afternoon's Barclays Premier League game between Wolves and Manchester United.Riley's decision comes after consulting a psychologist who works with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PMGMOL).

Referee Howard Webb, who abandoned the match, consoles Bolton boss Coyle

Referee Howard Webb, who abandoned the match, consoles Bolton boss Coyle

Webb was forced to dramatically call Saturday's match off when Trotters midfielder Muamba collapsed in the centre of the White Hart Lane pitch after suffering a suspected heart attack in front of 36,000 fans and a television audience of a million with players saying they 'couldn't go on'.

The 23-year-old, who was reported to have stopped breathing, received cardio-resuscitation treatment from doctors and paramedics as shocked and distressed players from both sides looked on.

After 10 minutes of treatment, Muamba was carried from the field on a stretcher and rushed to the London Chest Hospital, where he was still being treated late on Saturday night.

Pain: Bolton's Ivan Klasnic is distaught

Pain: Bolton's Ivan Klasnic is distraught as Muamba receives treatment

England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who
played alongside Muamba at Bolton, posted a message saying: 'Hope
Muamba is OK. Thoughts with him.'

Wayne Rooney, Vincent Kompany, Emmanuel Adebayor and Michael Owen were among those who were desperate to send their best wishes.

Fabrice Muamba update: Bolton midfielder remains in critical condition

Muamba remains in 'critical' condition as Bolton star fights for his life after collapse

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UPDATED:

11:30 GMT, 18 March 2012

Fabrice Muamba remains in a 'critical' condition as the Bolton midfielder fights for his life after collapsing at White Hart Lane on Saturday having suffered a suspected heart attack.

Manager Owen Coyle admitted the 23-year-old midfielder faces a 'crucial 24 hours' as medics attend to him in the intensive care unit at the specialist London Chest Hospital.

A joint statement from the Barclays Premier League club and the London Chest Hospital revealed his worrying condition is still considered to be critical.

Support: Bolton boss Owen Coyle leaves the London Chest Hospital where Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition

Support: Bolton boss Owen Coyle leaves the London Chest Hospital where Fabrice Muamba remains in a critical condition

It read: 'Fabrice Muamba remains in a
critical condition in intensive care in the Heart Attack Centre at The
London Chest Hospital.

'He was admitted to the hospital
yesterday evening after collapsing at White Hart Lane, where he
sustained a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup Quarter Final against
Tottenham Hotspur.

'Fabrice received prolonged
resuscitation at the ground and on route to The London Chest Hospital,
where his heart eventually started working.

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

'As is normal medical practice,
Fabrice remains anaesthetised in intensive care and will be for at least
24 hours. His condition continues to be closely monitored by the
cardiac specialists at the hospital.'

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said:
'Fabrice's family have asked me to pass on their thanks for the many,
many kind messages of support from not only Bolton fans but also fans
from clubs across the country and abroad.

'All our thoughts and prayers are for
Fabrice and his family at this time. The family would also like to
thank the media for respecting their privacy at this time.'

The statement ending saying: 'No further updates are planned at this time.'

Distress: Coyle and his backroom staff are all praying Muamba will pull through

Distress: Coyle and his backroom staff are all praying Muamba will pull through

Boss Coyle, chairman Phil Gartside and skipper Kevin Davies were amongst those who accompanied Muamba to hospital.

The England Under-21 star, who is a father of one, underwent six minutes of treatment amid worrying scenes at White Hart Lane.

He was wearing an oxygen mask and was then rushed to the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green in east London.

Within a second of seeing Muamba fall
to the ground, Bolton manager Owen Coyle shouted 'he's just collapsed'
before running on to the pitch to be alongside his player amid a sombre
atmosphere at Tottenham's ground.

Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Coyle look on

Horror: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini and Coyle look on

Both sets of fans chanted the
player's name as he was being treated and Tottenham forward Rafael van
der Vaart and Muamba's team-mate Tuncay Sanli both prayed for the former
Arsenal player on the pitch. Some fans cried at the sight of seeing a
player out cold on the pitch.

Muamba was carried off on a stretcher and referee Howard Webb abandoned the match moments later.

It is understood captain Kevin Davies accompanied Muamba to the hospital along with Coyle.

Premier League chief executive
Richard Scudamore sent his organisation's best wishes to Muamba and his
family, as well as paying tribute to the medical staff at the ground.

In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane

In action: Muamba (left) completes with Rafael van der Vaart at White Hart Lane

He said: 'The thoughts of the Premier League, its clubs and players are with Fabrice Muamba, his family and Bolton Wanderers.

'We would like to praise the players,
match officials, coaching staff and medical teams of both clubs at
White Hart Lane for their swift actions in attending Fabrice.

'The League would also like to commend the compassion shown by the fans of Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.

'We hope to hear positive news about
Fabrice, who is and has been a wonderful ambassador for the English game
and the League at Arsenal, Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers.'

Worried fans and players took to Twitter to give their reaction to Muamba's collapse.

Message of support: A host of stars are praying Muamba makes a recovery after posting messages on Twitter

Message of support: A host of stars are praying Muamba makes a recovery after posting messages on Twitter

Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte,
who came through the Arsenal youth team with Muamba, posted: 'I
seriously hope my best friend in football is OK. Stay strong bro please
please stay strong. God is with you remember that.'

Muamba's Bolton team-mate Stuart Holden wrote: 'Praying for you Fab. Hope he's OK. Thoughts with him and his family.'

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe said: 'Pray for fab god willing he will pull through PrayForMuamba.'
Muamba started his career at Arsenal and spent two years at Birmingham before joining Bolton in 2008.

He was born in Zaire, now known as
the Democratic Republic of Congo, but has represented England from
under-16 to under-21 level.

Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff

Quick to react: With Muamba floored, referee Howard Webb immediately called on medical staff

Football Association chairman David
Bernstein said: 'On behalf of The FA, I would like to send our thoughts
and prayers to Fabrice Muamba and his family this evening.

'Fabrice has played 33 times for
England Under-21s, captaining Stuart Pearce's side during this time and
is a player, and more importantly, a person we care greatly for.'

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe - a close friend of Muamba's - a show of support

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe – a close friend of Muamba's – a show of support

Muamba broke into the Premier League with Birmingham, with the club this morning offering their support for the midfielder.

'The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Fabrice and his family,' a club spokesman said.

'He was a very popular member of the
club during his time here and everyone at St Andrew's is shocked and
saddened to see what happened yesterday.'

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Former Birmingham chairman David Gold
said on Twitter: 'Fabrice Muamba is one of the nicest and most
respectful young men I ever met in football. I'm thinking of you Fab,
get well soon.'

Although it is a secondary
consideration at this particular time, Bolton are due to play a Premier
League game at Aston Villa on Tuesday.

However, under the circumstances, it seems impossible that the match will go ahead.

Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer

Stunned: Van der Vaart is lost in prayer

Anguish: Tuncay Sanli prays on the pitch for his team-mate as Tottenham's Luka Modric looks on

Anguish: Tuncay Sanli prays on the pitch for his team-mate as Tottenham's Luka Modric looks on

Webb removed as fourth official at Molineux on advice of psychologist

Howard Webb has been removed from his fourth official duties at Molineux today after Fabrice Muamba's mid-match collapse left him no choice but to abandon yesterday’s FA Cup tie between Spurs and Bolton.

Referee's chief Mike Riley has granted Webb a leave of absence, allowing the World Cup official to miss this afternoon's Barclays Premier League game between Wolves and Manchester United.Riley’s decision comes after consulting a psychologist who works with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PMGMOL).

Referee Howard Webb, who abandoned the match, consoles Bolton boss Coyle

Referee Howard Webb, who abandoned the match, consoles Bolton boss Coyle

Webb was forced to dramatically call Saturday's match off when Trotters midfielder Muamba collapsed in the centre of the White Hart Lane pitch after suffering a suspected heart attack in front of 36,000 fans and a television audience of a million with players saying they 'couldn't go on'.

The 23-year-old, who was reported to have stopped breathing, received cardio-resuscitation treatment from doctors and paramedics as shocked and distressed players from both sides looked on.

After 10 minutes of treatment, Muamba was carried from the field on a stretcher and rushed to the London Chest Hospital, where he was still being treated late on Saturday night.

Pain: Bolton's Ivan Klasnic is distaught

Pain: Bolton's Ivan Klasnic is distraught as Muamba receives treatment

England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who
played alongside Muamba at Bolton, posted a message saying: 'Hope
Muamba is OK. Thoughts with him.'

Wayne Rooney, Vincent Kompany, Emmanuel Adebayor and Michael Owen were among those who were desperate to send their best wishes.

Middlesbrough 0 Leeds 2: Neil Warnock aiming for play-offs

Middlesbrough 0 Leeds 2: Warnock's men on play-offs hunt after cruising to away win

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Leeds kept their push for a play-off spot alive with an impressive victory over Middlesbrough, Neil Warnock's side cruising to a comfortable three points after two first-half goals.

Robert Snodgrass was the man to bring Warnock his first away goal since he succeeded Simon Grayson in February, dragging the ball underneath Boro keeper Jason Steele in the 18th minute.

Luciano Becchio doubled the lead just nine minutes later following a dreadful mistake by Justin Hoyte. Barry Robson's late dismissal in a tussle with Adam Clayton added insult to injury for Boro.

Opener: The team celebrate Robert Snodgrass' goal

Opener: The team celebrate Robert Snodgrass' goal

MATCH FACTS

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Bennett, Bates, Williams (Main 63), Hines, Bailey, Hammill, Robson, Emnes, Jutkiewicz (Thomson 63, (Ogbeche 80))

Unused subs: McMahon, Arca

Sent off: Robson

Leeds: Lonergan, Connolly, Lees, White, Robinson, O'Dea, Brown, Clayton (Pugh), Becchio (Forssell 90) Snodgrass, McCormack (Webber 87)

Unused subs: Nunez, Thompson

Scorers: Snodgrass 18 Becchio 27

Booked: Connolly, Clayton

Referee: Boyeson

Attendance: 21,301

Despite a much-improved performance in the second half, Tony Mowbray's men were unable to overcome the two-goal deficit and reduce the gap on the automatic promotion places.

Warnock's Leeds, however, remain in 10th place but are now within four points of making a late surge for the play-off places.

A period of applause in tribute to Middlesbrough's long-serving recruitment co-ordinator Jack Watson, who passed away aged 90 yesterday morning, preceded kick-off.

Becchio glanced a header across the box only for Ross McCormack to skew wide under as the visitors poured on the early pressure.

Nicky Bailey drove aimlessly over Andy Lonergan's bar as Leeds sat deep, content to restrict their hosts to speculative efforts.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and Darren O'Dea then clashed heads, the latter coming off worse, and as the action resumed Marvin Emnes bustled into space to clip a promising strike into the away fans.

But the Dutchman's verve failed to inspire Boro and they soon fell behind.
In the 18th minute, O'Dea sprayed a perfectly-weighted ball down the right flank for Aidan White.

The Leeds-born winger dragged the ball across to the waiting Snodgrass, who slotted underneath Steele to register a first Leeds away goal under Warnock's stewardship.

And less than 10 minutes after drawing first blood, Leeds doubled their lead.

Hoyte failed dismally to clear a Becchio through-ball, allowing its intended recipient McCormack to claim ownership and turn the ball across the goalmouth for the Argentinian to coolly convert from six yards.

Robson forced Lonergan to punch behind as Boro pressed to gain a foothold in the game, but it might have been three to the visitors at the break if Becchio had coped better with a glorious long ball into Steele's box.

The Leeds offensive showed no signs of abating as the second half got under way, with Snodgrass quick to ripple the side netting with a fearsome drive that the away fans thought had beaten Steele.

Easy: Luciano Becchio grabbed the second

Easy: Luciano Becchio grabbed the second

Mowbray had opted to make no substitutions during the interval, but his side's renewed vigour soon showed. Rhys Williams angled a bullet header just wide of a post as Robson lofted a fine free-kick across the goalmouth.

Boro's momentum was interrupted, though, as Williams pulled up following a clash with Becchio, and Leeds took advantage to test Steele once more.

Clayton picked his spot, his dipping drive nicking off Matthew Bates to nestle on the top of the net with the home stopper flat-footed.

The struggling Williams was withdrawn as part of a double substitution after the hour mark, Jutkiewicz also removed as Kevin Thomson and Curtis Main took to the field.

A period of quiet tension preceding the final 20 minutes was only punctuated by a blazing drive beyond the near post from the eager Clayton.

McCormack was just shy of dancing on to a White back-heel in the 73rd minute as Leeds sought to put the game to bed.

But the result was surely beyond Middlesbrough as recent substitute Thomson took a kick to the head, to be replaced by Bart Ogbeche.

And in a final blow to Boro's chances of a late recovery, Robson was shown a straight red card for raising his hands to Clayton as time ticked away at the Riverside.

Leeds rode out the seven minutes of injury time to claim a valuable victory and delight the near 3,000 travelling fans.

Wolves midfielder Karl Henry faces month out with hamstring injury

Wolves' survival hopes hit as Henry ruled out by injury

Wolves midfielder Karl Henry will be out of action for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury, the club have confirmed.

Former captain Henry suffered the setback during the first half of Sunday's 5-0 defeat by Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Injury blow: Karl Henry limped off in Sunday's defeat at Fulham

Injury blow: Karl Henry limped off in Sunday's defeat at Fulham

He underwent a scan yesterday afternoon which confirmed the extent of the injury.

Following the news about Henry, Wolves caretaker boss Terry Connor has recalled midfielder David Davis from a loan spell at Chesterfield.

Connor said: 'Karl has had the scan which has shown up a hamstring strain, and he is expected to be out for three to four weeks.

'As a result of his injury, and also with Dave Edwards being unavailable at Fulham, we have decided to recall David Davis from his loan spell at Chesterfield.

Under pressure: Caretaker boss Terry Connor

Under pressure: Caretaker boss Terry Connor

'It gives us another option given the injuries and we've had David watched closely on loan at both Inverness and Chesterfield this season where he has done very well.'

Henry had only just returned to action after having to serve a three-match suspension for his red card against Aston Villa last month.

Connor admitted after the five-goal mauling by Fulham that Wolves do not have another combative midfielder in the Henry mould.

Fraizer Campbell hopes to cap dream week with a Sunderland win over Newcastle

Campbell hopes to cap off dream week with win in the North East derby

Fraizer Campbell is hoping good things really do come in threes and in the same week after the birth of his first child on the night he was picking up his first England cap.

The Sunderland striker's daughter Isla Rose was born in the North East on Wednesday, just as he was making his first senior appearance for his country.

The former Manchester United trainee flew straight back to Sunderland after his 11 minutes in the defeat to Holland and is now looking to cap an amazing week with a goal in Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby.

Debut delight: Fraizer Campbell came on for Danny Welbeck for his first England cap

Debut delight: Fraizer Campbell came on for Danny Welbeck for his first England cap

Campbell said: 'Everyone keeps telling me that these things come along in threes, so hopefully the derby can be the third one.

'I've missed three derbies through injury during my time here so I'm looking forward to my first one. It's been tough watching them from the sidelines.

'I was gutted to miss the birth of my first child but at the same time if I'd have left the England squad she might have been born the day afterwards and I'd have been gutted not to have got the chance to play for England.

Stepping up: Campbell chats to Gareth Barry during England training

Stepping up: Campbell chats to Gareth Barry during England training

'I have had 18 months of missing football through injury and I will always be there for my daughter. I could get injured and never have the chance to play for England again and that would have been playing on my mind.’
Sunderland's preparations for the derby were disrupted by Stephane Sessegnon's delayed return from Africa yesterday.

The midfield ace was stranded in Paris yesterday morning after difficulties coming back from Benin's African Cup of Nations qualifier in Ethiopia. He is expected to be back in time to face Newcastle for Martin O'Neill's first Tyne-Wear derby.

O'Neill won his first Old firm derby 6-2 in August 2000 and is hoping for a repeat debut on Tyneside.

Dream week: Campbell, who won his first England cap and celebrated the birth of his daughter, hopes to cap off his week with a win in the North East derby

Dream week: Campbell, who won his first England cap and celebrated the birth of his daughter, hopes to cap off his week with a win in the North East derby

He said: 'That shaped our season because we'd finished 20 points behind the previous year and it gave us a bolt of confidence and belief.

'Those derbies were great preparation for this. If you've been involved in them it can help in terms of trying to settle you and conveying that to the players.

'I also learned never to look behind me at Ibrox. You felt everybody was just ready to gouge your eyes so I stayed focused with what was in front, even when the ball went out of play and behind me.'