Emergency assistance was needed.
The match between Newcastle and Tottenham was halted due to a medical emergency in the stands.
Towards the end of the first half, Spurs defender Sergio Reguilon could be seen informing the referee that something was not right with a fan in the stands, which led to the medical team at St. James’ Park being ushered on to the pitch.
Spurs’ Eric Dier gestured to the medical team that a defibrillator would be needed, while fans could be both seen and heard pleading with the medic to hurry over to the affected supporter.
After a conversation with one of the stewards in the ground, referee Andre Marriner temporarily suspended the game, and sent the players into the dressing room.
Medical assistance needed at Newcastle vs Spurs game
The first aid teams from both sides, and local emergency crews were both in action.
Speaking at half-time, David Ginola said that the presence of defibrillators at football games are “vital”, and that people in the stands being able to perform CPR is also key.
“We should all be shown how to perform CPR, to help each other”, he said.
Ginola himself addressed the fact that he had a heart attack in 2016 while playing a charity match, and said that he felt “weird” as a result.
"It is vital."
David Ginola discusses the importance of having equipment like defibrillators at football stadiums after play was halted at St James Park in the 41st minute due to a medical emergency in stands. pic.twitter.com/mRlz2DjyUv
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 17, 2021
The fan who needed medical assistance has now been moved to a hospital via ambulance.
The rest of the game will now be completed, with Spurs leading 2-1. There will be minutes left in the first half, according to the PA system at the stadium.
Jamie Redknapp also said that his fingers are crossed that the person in question was in the right place at the right time, and that football is completely unimportant at this moment.
Former Ireland international tweeted his best wishes for the fan who is receiving the medical treatment.
Pray the Newcastle fan is ok 🙏🏾❤️
— Clinton Morrison (@morrisonclinton) October 17, 2021
Gary Lineker praised the response of both the fans and the players.
Very much hope that the players excellent and quick response saves the fan’s life.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) October 17, 2021
The most recent update comes from Spurs, who have said that the fan is stabilised, and on the way to the hospital.
The fan in need of urgent medical assistance has been stabilised and is being taken to hospital.
Our thoughts are with them and all those affected. 💙 https://t.co/vPREcjxYFI
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 17, 2021