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SATURDAY: Two English Football Matches Paused Due to Medical Incidents in the Stands


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How many medical incidents for players and spectators will it take for football officials to investigate the root cause of the issue?

Last weekend, an unprecedented four English Football League contests were halted due to medical incidents in the stands.

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

On Saturday, another two English football matches had to pause due to medical emergencies suffered by a spectator in the crowd.

football.london writes:

Crystal Palace’s FA Cup game against Hartlepool has been paused midway through the second half as medical staff dealt with a medical emergency within the away crowd.

Palace were 2-0 up against their League Two rivals thanks to first-half goals from Marc Guehi and Michael Olise.

The second half had been going for less than ten minutes when officials were called over to an issue going on in amongst the Hartlepool away section, with medical staff rushed across the pitch to assess the situation.

Both sets of players came off the pitch for a short while as they awaited further instruction, with referee Peter Bankes pausing play before eventually resuming once the issue was resolved.

The Daily Mail noted:

Meanwhile, Oxford United’s League One clash against Portsmouth has also been delayed in the second half due to a medical incident at the Kassam Stadium.

‘The second half of the game will be delayed here due to a medical incident,’ wrote Oxford’s official Twitter account.

Portsmouth’s official Twitter account added: ‘It has been announced over the PA system that the start of the second half will be delayed due to an incident.’

Play resumed at 4:25pm, around 25 minutes later than planned.

While medical emergencies have occurred at sporting events in prior years, the rate at which they’re happening is off the charts.

Despite what public health officials want to tell us, what’s happening right now is NOT normal.



 

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