A man has been arrested after allegedly making racist remarks on Twitter relating to critically ill Bolton player Fabrice Muamba. Police say a 21-year-old man from south Wales was held earlier yesterday on suspicion of breaching the Public Order Act, whose provisions include making any acts of racist abuse illegal.
Muamba is fighting for his life in hospital after going into cardiac arrest and collapsing during an FA Cup match at Tottenham on Saturday. South Wales Police say the man, who allegedly wrote racially offensive comments, is being held in custody in Swansea Central. Former footballer-turned TV pundit Stan Collymore had urged followers on Saturday night to report anyone tweeting racist comments about Muamba to police.
Bolton's Premier League game at Aston Villa, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, has been postponed
Meanwhile, the hospital and club said in a joint statement yesterday that Muamba remains in a critical condition. The statement said 23-year-old will remain anaesthetised in intensive care for at least the next 24 hours after collapsing on the pitch at White Hart Lane where he was given CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) by medics before being taken to hospital.
The match was abandoned at 1-1 just before halftime after Muamba fell to the turf near the centre circle. No other player was involved in the incident and after a delay of several minutes referee Howard Webb took the teams off the field.
Messages of support for England under-21 international have come flooding in from players, clubs and fans with flowers and messages delivered to the hospital and laid outside Bolton's Reebok stadium. Bolton's Premier League game at Aston Villa, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, has been postponed. – Additional reporting by Reuters