Sunday 24 September 2017

Fabrice Muamba blasts Bolton board as "bunch of idiots" on twitter as pay dispute rumbles on

Fabrice Muamba, 25, a former England under-21 star, collapsed on the pitch during Bolton's FA Cup quarter final against Tottenham last year
Fabrice Muamba, 25, a former England under-21 star, collapsed on the pitch during Bolton's FA Cup quarter final against Tottenham last year

On-field heart attack survivor Fabrice Muamba has branded the board of Bolton Wanderers as a "bunch of idiots" as a pay dispute with the club rumbles on.

The 25 year old claims the club still owes him part of a £6million signing-on fee from 2008.

After his high profile collapse against Spurs last year where he was essentially dad for 78 minutes, Bolton chairman Phil Gartside offered him a team job  "as long as he wants".

Muamba sent out a series of tweets yesterday criticisig his former club.

The tweets, which were deleted the following morning, included describing the people in the Wanderers boardroom as “a bunch of idiots” and the current team as having too many average players.

One tweet said the Bolton fans deserve better than what they are getting and that “it seems everybody can beat Bolton these days”.

When pressed by a follower on whether he had ever been offered a job at the club, the response was “never ever”.

A message later appeared on his account saying: "Didn't mean to upset anyone last night. I'm just passionate about the club and want them to do well!"

Bolton chairman Kevin Gartside told the Sun newspapers that Muamba's claims were not true.

"We paid Fabrice 15, 16 months when it should have been a year, so he got more than he was contractually entitled to," he is quoted as saying.

"The comments are very strange when I think back to holding his hand in hospital."

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