Newcastle say fan who suffered suspected heart attack is ‘stable & responsive’

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Newcastle have confirmed that a supporter who suffered a suspected heart attack during the game against Tottenham is ‘stable and responsive’ in hospital.

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The Premier League clash was called off after a male fan fell ill minutes before half-time.

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A defibrillator was immediately summoned and taken to the other side of the pitch after a fan at St James’s Park suffered a suspected heart attack.credit: getty
One of the medical team splashed down on the pitch with a defibrillator

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One of the medical team splashed down on the pitch with a defibrillatorcredit: Reuters

Spurs star Eric Dier ran to the dugout and asked a medical staff to bring a defibrillator to the pitch.

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England’s centre-half was alerted to the incident by teammate Sergio Reguilon.

When the crowd was silent, players from both sides were asked to go to the shore.

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After the man was taken to the hospital, the club took to Twitter to update fans.

A brief statement read: “The NUFC can confirm that a supporter requiring emergency medical treatment during today’s game at St James’s Park is stable and responsive in hospital.”

The incident happened two minutes before half-time, as Tottenham took a 2–1 lead against the recently taken Giordies at St James’s Park.

Spurs ace Eric Dier urges medical teams to move on

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Spurs ace Eric Dier urges medical teams to move oncredit: Reuters
Players react brilliantly to medical emergency

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Players react brilliantly to medical emergencycredit: Reuters

The players were then asked to return to the changing room as treatment was underway.

The crowd and players reacted swiftly to seek medical attention, and referee André Mariner soon realized it was a medical emergency.

After about 20 minutes the medical teams shook the man, and the crowd burst into applause.

After the game, Reguilon revealed that although he was happy that Spurs scored three points, he was more relieved to hear that the supporter was in stable condition.

The Spanish defender told Match of the Day: “I think three points is always a happy moment but more important to me is the person (who has received medical treatment), they are telling me he is fine and is stable.

“I saw the fans waving and I saw a man lying down, I saw something was wrong. I looked at Gaffer and he stopped the match. I think everything is fine and 100 percent happy now.

“It was so weird, we went to the dressing room and I was looking at the man lying down, I was nervous because I don’t like to see it.”

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce praised the ground staff and supporters after the match.

He added: “Everyone in the ground deserves credit. I hear the man is fine, thankfully, so it puts things in perspective a little bit.

“It sounds like good news, so I’m happy for his family.”

While Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo praised his players Dior and Reguilon for their quick actions.

“It was spontaneous, immediate, in the form of Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon, his reactions. We know he’s stable and that’s good,” he revealed.

It was disturbing to see the man like this, we wish him well and wish him a speedy recovery

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Tottenham captain Harry Kane extended his best wishes to the Spurs players.

“First of all we want to wish the boy in the stands good luck, it was not cool to watch,” he said.

“We’ve heard he may be stable now, so we’re grateful to the medical teams and fans who were doing CPR.

“Hopefully he is fine and we wish him all the best on behalf of all Tottenham players.”

Callum Wilson spoke of the disturbing nature and seriousness of the pause.

“I think it was really huge, the crowd was fantastic, they alerted everyone,” said the Newcastle striker.

“It was disturbing to see the man like this, we wish him well and wish him a speedy recovery.

“You can see the fans here whistling, shouting, then we saw the place clearly this guy was getting CPR and then you know how serious it is.”

Ginola’s message

Back at the Sky Sports studio, an emotional David Ginola, who suffered a heart attack while playing at a charity game in France in 2016, appeared distressed.

He along with fellow pundits Jamie Redknapp and Kieron Dyer stressed the importance of having a defibrillator in sports, saying it is ‘important’.

Ginola, 54, said: “It’s important [to have a defibrillator].

“Being able to do CPR alongside people in the stands helps in a big way because you need to do CPR while waiting for the defibrillator.

“We should all be informed to do CPR to help each other.”

The game ended 3-2 to the Spurs in front of their new billionaire owners to sour Steve Bruce’s 1,000th game in charge.

Players on both sides were told to go to the sidelines as the person was treated

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Players on both sides were told to go to the sidelines as the person was treatedcredit: getty

Once the poor man was taken to the ambulance, the players returned to the pitch to play the final two minutes of normal time and seven injury-times.

That period of the game, Spurs took a 3–1 lead at half-time when Son Heung-min netted a pass from Harry Kane.

Jonzo Shelvey was later sent off for the home team before Dier converted his own goal, but Spurs grabbed all three points.

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