A seemingly healthy young man collapsing in any walk of life is distressing enough for those who care for him; to be the focus of constant media attention and speculation must intensify the distress, particularly with misinformation and the misinformed pontificating around the web. I hope that this morning those close to Fabrice Muamba are resting easier – by any degree – and that Muamba himself is beginning tentatively on the road to a full recovery. His career seems irrelevant at this moment in time but to have overcome severe adversity already in his life to progress through schooling onto professional football is, I hope, inspiration to be able to resume his playing days. Hope is the only emotion to grasp onto at moments like these. My thoughts are with them at this time.
The supporters of both clubs for their reaction at the time and in leaving the stadium peaceably should be commended. Equally the much-maligned Howard Webb deserves credit for his management of the situation. And unreserved admiration for those health professionals who helped save the young man’s life; people whose selfless dedication is too often taken for granted and politically abused.
Despite the cynicism that most of us have about football and the media in general, the reactions and coverage have warmed the soul. There are exceptions to this of course but unfortunately there is little you can do when people leave their brains outside in the rain.
There’s little to talk of in the Arsenal world this weekend so I am not going to indulge in tittle tattle when there are more important things in life.