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Four English Football League Matches Halted Saturday Afternoon Due to Medical Incidents in the Stands


While I’ve reported countless footballers suffering cardiac-related events on the pitch, today focuses on scary events in the stands. 

During a busy Saturday afternoon of EFL (English Football League), four contests stopped due to medical emergencies in the crowd. 

Fulham, Oldham, Wycombe, and Bradford all saw their home matches halted due to medical incidents in the crowd on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester Evening News highlighted the Oldham-Rochdale League Two game:

The League Two football derby between Oldham and Rochdale was suspended this afternoon over a ‘medical emergency’ involving a supporter in the stands.

The players were forced to leave the pitch at Boundary Park as medics rushed to give the fan treatment.

The supporter involved is understood to be a Latic’s fan in Oldham’s Main Stand.

Oldham FC said on Twitter the fan involved – a man – was ‘back responsive and receiving treatment’.

The club praised fans for alerting stewards quickly to the emergency.

No further details have been revealed.

The emergency came 18 minutes into the game, with the score at 0-0.

yahoo! sports described the incident at the big Fulham-Blackpool contest:

Sky Bet Championship leaders Fulham had their game against Blackpool stopped after 16 minutes due to an emergency in the Hammersmith End.

Referee Peter Bankes took the players off the pitch while the supporter received medical attention. Pictures showed fans holding up flags to shield the fan from view as medics attended to the individual.

There was a delay of more than half-an-hour before play was able to resume, with Fulham confirming on Twitter that the supporter was being transferred to hospital.

Independent provided details on the incident at the Wycombe-MK Dons match:

The League One match between Wycombe and MK Dons was halted for a couple of minutes late in the first half because of what the Dons described as “a medical incident behind the Wycombe goal”.

Wycombe added on Twitter: “A young supporter who fell momentarily ill in the terrace in the first half is feeling okay and being looked after in the first-aid room.”

And msn referenced the Bradford City-Crawley Town contest:

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At Bradford, the club said their clash with Crawley was held up as a fan “looked in some discomfort” before adding that they were taken away by the club’s medical staff.

Thankfully, the latest accounts have NOT reported any deaths from the four medical incidents earlier today.



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