Bafetimbi Gomis incident brings back bad memories for Fabrice Muamba

Bafetimbi Gomis: Swansea striker is stretchered off after fainting
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Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba revealed he feared the worst when he learned that Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis had collapsed at White Hart Lane.

Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton in an FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham in March 2012, his heart stopping for 78 minutes.

The 26-year-old, who is currently carving out a career in journalism, retired from football on medical advice five months after the ordeal.

And Muamba concedes the news about Gomis, who fainted during Swansea 3-2 Premier League defeat by Spurs, brought back disturbing memories.

"I was busy trying to concentrate on my uni work - that takes priority nowadays - but I heard about Gomis through social media," Muamba said.

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Swansea manager Garry Monk says Bafetimbi Gomis is in good health despite collapsing on the pitch

"You are not sure of the full details but you can put two and two together and then it came out that he collapsed when no one was around him and, when I saw that it was White Hart Lane, I thought, 'Oh no, not that place again'.

"I tried to put all that to one side and just carry on with my work but it was very difficult."

Gomis, who has a history of fainting, went to ground as the players made their way to restart after Nacer Chadli gave Spurs a seventh-minute lead at White Hart Lane.

Following the match Gomis took to social media to allay concerns over his health.

"I Wanted to reassure you concerning my Health, it actually looks much more scary than physically dangerous and I am feeling well now," Gomis said.

"I have been under a great deal of stress and fatigue due to my father health that requires me to go back and forth to France.

"I was disappointed that I couldn't help my team tonight but now everything is back in order. I also want to thank everyone for their support and Get Well messages."

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