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Muamba and Francis discharged

THE English Football Association has revealed its "absolute delight" at the release of both Fabrice Muamba and Trevor Francis from hospital.

Muamba, 24, was yesterday discharged from the London Chest Hospital, just 30 days after the midfielder was admitted following his cardiac arrest on the pitch during Bolton's FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

His release came on the same afternoon as ex-England striker Francis, 57, who was also allowed home by Birmingham Heartlands Hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack on Friday.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "We're absolutely delighted with the news that both Fabrice Muamba and Trevor Francis have been discharged from hospital.

"It goes without saying that the football family has been united in wishing them well and hopefully this is the start of a journey back to full health. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of both Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and The London Chest Hospital for their expert care and attention towards Trevor and Fabrice."

Bolton and Tottenham yesterday announced that £22,000 had been raised for worthy causes into heart research and treatment from the auction of match shirts worn in the re-arranged quarter-final.