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Supporters suffer medical emergencies just moments apart as two Premier League games are delayed on Wednesday evening

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Credit: GettyImages/ Richard Heathcote - Play was stopped for a medical emergency at Vicarage Road

Wednesday evening offered up some classic Premier League action as the condensed Christmas fixture list rapidly approaches.

However, two separate medical emergencies on the night left a dark cloud hanging over the football. 

Some things are more important than the game and last night highlighted this fact.

Watford vs Chelsea delayed for 30 minutes

Just over ten minutes into the fixture at Vicarage Road between Watford and Chelsea, in which the home side had a blistering start, an incident in the crowd brought a halt to proceedings.

Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso was alerted to an issue in the home end and after getting the attention of referee David Coote, the players were taken off the field.

Medical staff from both sides rushed across the pitch to the Graham Taylor stand to help the paramedics as the area around the fan was cleared. Moments earlier, a Watford supporter had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest and collapsed to the floor.

Credit: @Watfordfc instagram – Referee David Coote took the players off the pitch for over 30 minutes as medics rush to help collapsed fan…

After 20 minutes the fan was deemed stable and left the stadium on a stretcher. They were then taken to the local Watford General Hospital for further treatment.

The game was delayed for approximately half an hour with both teams given another five minutes to warm up after the break in play. When news came that the supporter been stabilised fully, the game resumed.

There was a warm applause for the fan who had taken ill and both sides have shown their full support since the incident…

Watford put on their Twitter page:

‘Our thoughts are with the fan – who had a cardiac arrest but has now been stabilised – and all those affected. Thank you to the medical staff, players and fans for their quick response.’

Chelsea followed suit on their website:

‘The thoughts of everyone at Chelsea Football Club are with the fan and all those affected. Our thanks to the medical staff here at Vicarage Road for their quick response.’

Play eventually restarted around 15 minutes after the second half was supposed to get underway.

Chelsea came out 2-1 winners in a well fought affair.

Watford may feel hard done by given the attacking threat they showed throughout the game as The Blues returned to top spot courtesy of goals from Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech.

Second half delayed at St Mary’s after medical emergency 

A similar incident occurred in the game at St Marys between Southampton and Leicester.

After an entertaining first half which saw the home side take a 2-1 lead into the break, the second half was delayed due to a medical emergency in the crowd.

Credit: @southamptonfc instagram – game suspended for over 20 minutes at St Mary’s…

The game was temporarily suspended as medics rushed into the stands to treat a home supporter who had taken ill and subsequently collapsed during the half-time interval.

Southampton have since reported that despite initial rumours, the supporter did not suffer a cardiac arrest and the full diagnosis behind the collapse is yet to be confirmed.

Leicester City tweeted to their followers:

“There will be a delay to kick-off for the second half due to a medical emergency in the stands.”

While a message on the scoreboard read:

“Second half delayed due to a medical incident. Thank you for your patience.”

The fan was treated inside St Mary’s before being taken to the hospital. Supporters had cleared out of the way to allow room for the medical staff to treat the stricken fan.

Leicester made it 2-2 just four minutes into the second period as Maddison claimed his third goal in as many games. The attacking midfielder received the ball just inside the penalty box before cleverly giving himself space to drive his shot low to Alex McCarthy’s right.

Both sides had chances to win it as the game ebbed and flowed. However, neither side was able to take their chances and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Brendan Rodgers was frustrated with the Foxes slow start to the fixture as his side lose yet more ground in their hunt for a European spot.

Southampton sit 16th after a disappointing start to the campaign – five points clear of the Burnley in the relegation zone, who do have a game in hand on the Saints.

Update

The good news is that both fans who had taken ill are showing promising signs of recovery and have been deemed stable in hospital. There remains some doubt as to what caused the supporters to collapse but the good news is that they’re are on the mend.

Some things are bigger than the game of football – best wishes to those involved on a speedy recovery.

Why does this seems to be happening so often around the world of football?

Christian Erikson, who collapsed playing for Denmark against Finland in the Euros, had not been vaccinated before the incident.

It was revealed that Sergio Aguero, who was hospitalised after a collapse playing for Barcelona, had an underlying heart condition, he has since had to retire.

Meanwhile, FIFA say it is not aware of a rise in cardiac arrests in football players and has received no reports of any cases being linked to Covid vaccinations.

Scientists believe there is a link between two minor heart conditions and the Covid-19 vaccine – the risk is minuscule. Symptoms include the onset of chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering, or pounding heart.

Reuters have reported this from FIFA:

“FIFA is not aware of a rise in episodes of cardiac arrests as indicated in your email and no cases have been flagged in relation to individuals receiving a COVID vaccine.

“Generally speaking, FIFA is in regular contact with leading research centres and experts to do research on a variety of medical topics.”

‘It may be tempting to blame Covid vaccines but pundits do have a public responsibility not to fuel vaccine hesitancy without any real evidence,’ added Professor Robert Dingwall.

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Meet the British Woman Hoping to End F1’s 46-year Wait For a Female Driver

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The modern sports industry remains a very male dominated field. Historically motorsport especially being one of the most inaccessible to women.

In its entire 72-year history, only two women have ever driven in a Formula 1 grand prix. The last was the pioneer Lella Lombardi, the Italian who competed in 12 races between 1974 and 1976 for teams including Williams.

Now, Britain’s Jamie Chadwick is aiming to end the 46-year wait for a woman to sit behind the wheel of a car on the starting grid at the very top level of racing.

The 23-year-old from Bath, is the most prominent woman in world the world of motorsport thanks to the strong results she has earned in the early stages of her career across multiple categories.

Chadwick is about to embark on her third season in W Series, an all-female racing championship launched in 2019 which aims to ensure more women are able to make professional careers out of motor racing.

The aim means that, in conjunction with the heated rivalry that understandably comes with battling for the championship on track, the athletes competing in W Series feel they share a common goal to help one another improve and make overall progress for women in motorsport too. Chadwick has won the title in both of W Series’ first two campaigns.

Speaking to Metro she said:  ‘Everyone expects us not to get on [because we are rivals] but we really, genuinely do. The big reason in my opinion is that we’ve all been through such a similar experience in the sport individually. We can share those experiences with each other and push each other to bring one another on, and hopefully leave the sport in a better place for the next generation coming through.’

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Newcastle co-owner says Chelsea’s Abramovich having to sell isn’t fair

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Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley “doesnt think its particularly fair” that Roman Abramovich is selling following the Russia-Ukraine war.

The businessman announced he had made the “incredibly difficult decision” in a statement on the Premier League club’s website.

There has been calls for Abramovich to be sanctioned, as Chris Bryant alleges leaked Home Office document from 2019 shows he had links to Russian state as well as to “corrupt activity and practices” – the Guardian reports.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit, Staveley said: “We’re always going to have geopolitical issues.

I’m really sad that someone is going to have a football club taken away because of a relationship he may have with someone.

“I don’t think that’s particularly fair to be honest. But I also think that we have to hold all of our relationships to account.”

In his statement, Abramovich said: “I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart.

“In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club’s sponsors and partners.

“The sale of the club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process.”

Abramovich has said that he won’t be asking for loans to be repaid.

He added: “I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine.”

The businessman bought Chelsea back in 2003 for £140m, and has since loaned the club over £1.5bn.

Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has told Swiss newspaper Blick that he has the chance to buy Chelsea.

However he says that at the moment Abramovich is “asking far too much.”

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Russia’s captain Aleksandr Golovin speaks out on Russian invasion

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Russia’s football captain Aleksandr Golovin has spoke out about the Russia-Ukraine war.

In a post uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday, the footballer said he hadn’t before now because he wasn’t an expert in politics.

However, he said he would now express his opinion, because he has been drawn to this topic from “all sides.”

It follows furious backlash from Ukrainian players Vitalii Mykolenko and Andriy Yarmolenko about Russian players staying quiet about the invasion of Ukraine.

The captain wrote: “War is a frightful thing. But I am shocked by human aggression and hatred, which every day acquires some sort of unprecedented scale.

“I am against discrimination based on nationality. I’m not ashamed that I’m Russian. I am proud to be Russian. And I don’t understand why athletes should suffer now.”

He continued he was “against double standards.”

Golovin added: “Why is it that one can do everything, but all the dogs are hanged on us. Why has everyone always shouted about sports outside of politics, but at the first opportunity, when it comes to Russia, this principle is completely forgotten?”

He expressed that “anger, dirt and bile” is being poured on Russian people, “regardless of their position and profession.”

The Zenit St Petersburg forward concluded: “P.S. And to some colleagues in the workshop who sit on their ass in mansions in England and say nasty things: it cannot offend us, we understand everything! Peace and goodness to everybody!”

On Tuesday in an Instagram post, Everton’s Mykolenko criticised Russia’s international players for remaining silent whilst “peaceful civilians are being killed in Ukraine.”

The 22-year-old wrote: “You will be locked in your dungeon for the rest of your life and most importantly the lives of your kids. And I’m glad.”

West Ham’s Yarmolenko also hit out at Russian players on Tuesday.

In a video uploaded to Instagram, he said: “Guys, why are you sitting like shitheads and not saying anything? In my country they’re killing people, killing wives, killing our children. But you’re saying nothing, you’ve given no comments.”

Russia has been suspended from all competition, Fifa and Uefa have ruled.

 

 

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