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A Premier League match between Newcastle and Tottenham was suspended temporarily due to a medical emergency in the stands that players made officials aware of during the first half.
Tottenham was prepared to take a corner kick in the 40th minute when players from both sides saw fans in the Gallowgate Stand at St. James' Park signaling for play to stop, per The Guardian. Players, led by Tottenham's Sergio Reguilon, spoke with referee Andre Marriner, pointing up to the issue in the stands, and officials spoke with stewards, security and assistants.
It seems like someone needs medical help in the stands. Reguilon was pointing over to the crowd near the opposite touchline, where stewards have gathered, & Dier just raced to the dugouts gesturing for a stretcher & chest compressions. Game halted.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) October 17, 2021
As it was unfolding, Tottenham defender Eric Dier called for the team to send a defibrillator to the East Stand, where a fan was receiving treatment from medical staff. The officials instructed both teams back to their dressing rooms in the 42nd minute, Tottenham leading, 2-1.
Newcastle vs. Tottenham was suspended due to a medical emergency in the stands.
The players, especially Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier, made the match officials aware.
The fan has been stabilised and is on their way to hospital.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 17, 2021
The fan was seen to by the the St. James' Park medical team and paramedics and eventually taken out of the stadium on a stretcher. Newcastle said on Twitter the person was stable and taken to the hospital.
The supporter who was in need of urgent medical assistance has been stabilised and is on their way to hospital.
Our thoughts are with them. 🖤🤍
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 17, 2021
An announcement was made at the stadium and first-half play resumed after a short three-minute warm-up. It was about 25 minutes between action stopping and resuming, via The Guardian's live post.
Seven minutes' stoppage time was added to the action, resulting in about 10 minutes of play before a halftime break. Tottenham scored to go into the break up, 3-1.
Dier gave up an own-goal in the 89th minute to give the final score, 3-2, in Tottenham's favor.