Fabrice Muamba is in a stable condition in the London Chest Hospital after after collapsing on the pitch at White Hart Lane. The Bolton midfielder suddenly fell to the turf during the FA Cup sixth round tie and received CPR.
With the match tied at 1-1, the England Under 21 international appeared to collapse with medical staff from both teams attempting to resuscitate the 23-year-old.
Amid worrying scenes, six paramedics raced across the pitch to assist the Congo-born player.
Bolton released a statement saying: ‘Bolton Wanderers can confirm that Fabrice Muamba has been taken to hospital following his collapse at White Hart Lane this evening during the FA Cup quarter-final.’
After confirming the match was abandoned, Tottenham released a statement adding: ‘Everyone at the club sends their best wished to Fabrice and his family.’
Trotters boss Owen Coyle joined paramedics as they tended to Muamba and players from both sides looked visibly upset as the midfielder received treatment.
Muamba was carried off on a stretcher after receiving six minutes of treatment. He was wearing an oxygen mask and was flanked by a number of paramedics and Bolton medical staff as he left the pitch.
Former Tottenham boss David Pleat said on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: ‘The player just went down – no-one was near him. Straight away the other players knew there was something seriously wrong.’
Broadcaster ESPN did not play repeat of the incident, instead showing pictures of several spectators in tears.
Both sets of fans sang Muamba’s name as he lay on the pitch at the north London ground.
The announcement that the game had been called off was greeted with a round of applause from both ends.
Spurs striker Jermain Defoe said: ‘Pray for fab god willing he will pull through £PrayForMuamba.’
Rafael van der Vaart, who started today’s game for Spurs, wrote on Twitter: ‘Terrible what happened with Muamba during the game. We’re all praying for him.’
And striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who missed today’s game with a hamstring injury, added: ‘My thoughts are with Fabrice Muamba’s family. We all are praying for him and hope for a speedy recovery.’
Rio Ferdinand also voiced his support on the social networking site, saying: ‘Come on Fabrice Muamba, praying for you.’
Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen added her support, saying: ‘Praying for Fabrice Muamba,’ while Sebastien Bassong added: ‘Big support to the Muamba family!!!God bless you and give you all the strength to face this tragedy!’
Everton’s Tim Cahill also tweeted: ‘This is now a day when football across the World comes together to pray for Muamba. puts everything into perspective. #prayforMuamba.’
Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey said: ‘Thoughts are with fabrice Muamba,’ with Darren Bent adding: ‘Thoughts are with fabrice muamba hope he pulls through.’
Muamba started his career at Arsenal and spent two years at Birmingham before joining Bolton in 2008.
He was born in Zaire but has represented England from Under 16 to Under 21 level.