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Newcastle vs Tottenham game paused after fan collapsed at stadium

12:28, 18 October 2021
Newcastle vs Tottenham game paused after fan collapsed at stadium Photo: Simon Bellis via imago-images.de/Global Look Press

The game was suspended for about 25 minutes after players had informed the referee about the incident and doctors could help the sick man.


Premier League matchday-8 game between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur was suspended because of a medical emergency at the stands at the end of the first half.

As Tottenham Hotspur was about to take a corner in the 40th minute, players noticed fans waving hands in one of the stands of St James' Park and told the game’s referee Andre Marriner about the incident.

The ref, warned by Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilón, quickly consulted Newcastle’s stewards and ordered the teams return to their dressing rooms. At the same time, another Tottenham’s defender Eric Dier urged the teams’ med staff to bring a defibrillator to the stand where the fan was receiving treatment.

Later the same evening, Newcastle’s account on Twitter announced that the doctors managed to stabilize the condition of the fan and took him to hospital.

In a post-match statement, Newcastle United thanked the supporters who drew attention to the incident and the med workers who administered the first aid.

“The club would like to thank fans for their swift actions in raising the alarm and praise those who provided immediate chest compressions, as well as thanking the on-site medical professionals who swiftly administered emergency treatment using a defibrillator located close to the incident.”

Sergio Reguilón, questioned in a post-match interview, said that he was nervous following the incident but felt better when he was told that the fan was saved.

“I think three points is always a moment of happiness but for me more important is the guy. They are telling me he is okay and stable.”

Tottenham Hotspur were leading 2-1 when the incident occurred. The teams later resumed the game in which the London team was victorious 3-2.

The game is also remarkable since it was the first match after Newcastle had been bought by a Saudi consortium whose net worth is estimated at more than £320 bln ($435 bln).