WHAT today’s papers are saying:
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: The Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba was fighting for his life last night after collapsing shortly before half-time during his team’s FA Cup tie, which had to be abandoned. Also: In the grandstand Gerald Davies shed tears of joy and grief, while down on the pitch the young men decked in red celebrated Wales’ third Grand Slam in eight seasons.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Football was praying for Fabrice Muamba last night after the Bolton midfielder was left fighting for his life after he collapsed and stopped breathing at White hart lane. Also: Arsenal or Spurs face Champions League heartbreak if Chelsea win the European Cup.
THE PEOPLE: Celtic are prepared to play in League One to make their dream of a new life in English football a reality. Also: Football was stunned into silence as Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba fought for his life in a London hospital after collapsing on the pitch during the FA Cup quarter-final with Spurs at White Hart Lane.
THE OBSERVER: The FA Cup quarter-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers was abandoned before half-time after Bolton’s 23-year-old midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch. Also: Warren Gatland, who celebrated his second grand slam in five years as Wales coach after yesterday’s 16-9 victory over France in Cardiff, will be asked to head the Lions in Australia next year but has yet to decide whether he will take the job.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Tottenham’s FA Cup tie against Bolton was dramatically called off last night when Bolton midfielder Fabrice 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. Also: John Terry has revealed he is still in touch with Andre Villas-Boas and insisted that the sacked Portuguese manager should take some of the credit if Chelsea go on to win a trophy this season.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: The Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed with a suspected heart attack during last night’s FA Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane. Also: Wales set off a colossal party across the nation by taking their third Grand Slam inside eight years with a 16-9 victory over France.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Fabrice Muamba was in hospital last night after his heart stopped beating during Bolton’s FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham. Also: Wales won the Grand Slam but it was also a day of triumph for Stuart Lancaster as his side virtually guaranteed him the England coaching job on a full-time basis.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Football broke down in tears as Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White hart Lane. David Moyes was fuming last night after referee Andre Mariner failed to award two blatant penalties to Everton.
THE SUNDAY MIRROR: Fabrice Muamba was last night critically ill in The London Chest Hospital. Also: Louis van Gaal has emerged as a leading contender to take over as Chelsea boss.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Fabrice Muamba, the Bolton midfielder, was “critically ill” in the London Chest Hospital last night after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest during yesterday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham at White hart Lane. Also: England interim coach Stuart Lancaster’s main rival for the long-term position endorsed the incumbent’s candidacy after his side scored two tries to beat Ireland 30-9 at Twickenham and finish second in the Six Nations as Wales won the Grand Slam.