Newcastle fan ‘stabilised’ and in hospital after match against Tottenham was suspended due to medical emergency in the crowd – with Spurs stars Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier quick to inform referee and collect defibrillator
Newcastle’s Premier League fixture against Tottenham had to be restarted after the game was suspended following a medical emergency involving a fan in the crowd.
The match was stopped in the 40th minute after the players called for the medics to assist someone in the crowd, with fans also pleading for them to hurry over to the far side of the stand.
Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon urged referee Andre Marriner to halt play, while team-mate Eric Dier sprinted to the Newcastle dug-out calling and gesturing for a defibrillator.
Newcastle’s fixture against Tottenham has been suspended following a medical emergency in the crowd
Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon (centre) urged referee Andre Marriner (left) to halt play
Eric Dier sprinted to the Newcastle dug-out calling and gesturing for a defibrillator
Newcastle club doctor Paul Catterson soon after rushed across to help the stricken fan
Newcastle club doctor Paul Catterson soon after rushed across to help, handing a defibrillator to a steward in the stand.
Seven minutes of additional time were added on but the game was not allowed to restart initially, with the players taken off the playing area by referee Marriner.
Applause went around St James Park’ after the players went off as the stewards managed to move the person involved, and Sportsmail understands they are now stabilised and on their way to hospital in an ambulance.
The players were then given three minutes to warm up before completing the seven minutes of additional time.
A defibrillator was handed to the steward following the medical emergency in the crowd
Marriner took the players off the playing area as the fan in the crowd was attended to
Spurs were leading 2-1 in the fixture before the stoppage, with Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane scoring for the visitors after Callum Wilson gave the hosts a second-minute lead.
Son Heung-min then extended the visitors’ lead after scoring at the back post from Kane’s pass.
Speaking during the stoppage, former Newcastle star David Ginola called having defibrillators in the ground ‘vital’ and said knowledge around sudden deaths and CPR must be improved.
Ginola said: ‘It is vital (to have defibrillators). It brings back very weird memories. It’s been weird. We were watching a good game of football. The defibrillator helps massively. People in the stands being able to perform CPR helps massively.
‘It is obviously a very strange experience. Hopefully he or she will be fine, but it’s important to make the point that everyone knows CPR.’
‘The techniques and also working very closely with the people on the field to prevent that sort of issue. It is a major issue in people’s lives.
‘There are hundreds and thousands of people dying from sudden death. We need to improve our knowledge about sudden death, being able to treat people. It’s lucky he’s surrounded by a lot of people. If anything happened like that at home without anyone around it would be a major problem.’
‘The method is someone is falling next to you is to perform a CPR straightaway, waiting for the people to arrive with the defibrillator. You need to do something.’
‘As long as possible, waiting for the defibrillator to arrive. This is what saved my live. They did it for 12 minutes and I was dead for 12 minutes. It is very important because otherwise the brain will be damaged.’
‘Sometimes the people don’t want to hurt you too much but you need to go very deep, it doesn’t matter if you break ribs.’