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Fabrice Muamba announces his retirement from the game

Fabrice Muamba collected an honorary doctorate

The Bolton Wanderers star, who suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie in March, said he was devastated his footie career was over but had to put his health first.

The 24-year-old thanked the medical team who saved him and said he was grateful for all the support he has received.

Muamba said: “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.”

Read more: TheSun.co.uk

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