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Bolton chairman 'hugely disappointed' after Muamba retirement

To have Fabrice here and with us is truly amazing and we are all very thankful for that.

We are all hugely disappointed that Fabrice will be unable to return to his playing career but we have to be guided by the medical recommendations and the best interests of Fabrice.

The most important thing is that Fabrice and his family have the rest of their lives ahead of them.

– Phil Gartside, Bolton Chairman

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Bolton manager: Muamba is 'massively disappointed'

We have spoken with Fab and he knows we will always support him in whatever he wants to do and that we will always be here for him.

He is obviously massively disappointed that he won’t be able to carry on his career, but everyone has seen what a fighter and strong person he is in mind and body.

We know that he will go on to achieve great things and within all this disappointment, the most important thing is that he is here, alive, today.

– Owen Coyle, Bolton Wanderers manager

Muamba announces retirement from football

Fabrice Muamba has confirmed his retirement from football on Bolton Wanderers' website. He said in a statement:

Since suffering my heart attack and being discharged from hospital, I have remained utterly positive in the belief I could one day resume my playing career and play for Bolton Wanderers once again.

As part of my on-going recovery, last week I travelled to Belgium to seek further medical advice from a leading cardiologist. But the news I received was obviously not what I had hoped it would be and it means I am now announcing my retirement from professional football.

Football has been my life since I was a teenage boy and it has given me so many opportunities.

Above all else, I love the game and count myself very lucky to have been able to play at the highest level. While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for.

I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and the Bolton fans who have been incredible.

I am blessed to have the support of my family and friends at this time.

Report: Muamba retires from football

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba has retired from football, according to The Sun.

Fabrice Muamba has retired from football, according to The Sun. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during a FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur last March - his heart stopped for 78 minutes.

A source told the newspaper: "Fabrice is devastated as you can imagine".

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Fabrice Muamba reveals holiday kickabout

Fabrice Muamba received an Honorary Degree from Bolton University last month. Credit: PA

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has revealed he took part in an impromptu game of football while on holiday in May, two months after collapsing during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham with a cardiac arrest.

Muamba told CNN:

"I was on holiday and I was staying in a hotel and there were quite a few footballers in the hotel as well. The staff of the hotel usually play against the visitor so I was by the pool and I heard they were playing football," he said.

"Then I went across and saw other footballers playing and I told my friends and Shauna - I told her 'I am sorry but I am going to play football'. She goes 'are you sure?' and I say 'yes' and I just went in there."

Fabrice Muamba dedicates doctorate to 'everybody who helped me'

Fabrice Muamba admitted he is still "far away" from returning to a football pitch but remains hopeful he will be able to resume his career with Bolton.

Fabrice Muamba poses for photographs after receiving an Honorary Degree from Bolton University. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The midfielder was at the town's Victoria Hall this morning to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton at their graduation ceremony. Muamba was presented with the award to honour both him and the doctors who saved his life when he collapsed with a cardiac arrest.

Speaking at the ceremony, Muamba said: "I'm getting stronger every day. I'm far away from being back on the football pitch.

"I really, really hope, by the grace of God, that I'll be back on the pitch but I'm just grateful to the university for this doctorate and I receive it on behalf of everybody who helped me to survive the cardiac arrest."

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