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Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon, fan medical emergency, defibrillator, reaction, save a life

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Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier have been lauded for their quick thinking after a medical emergency halted play in Tottenham’s clash with Newcastle.

The pair were jointly awarded Man of the Match honours after making sure play was stopped when they realised a serious incident was unfolding in the stands.

Reguilon alerted referee Andre Marriner of the incident unfolding while Dier made sure a defibrillator quickly made it to the stands to help the fan, who required medical assistance before being taken to hospital.

“I saw the fan lying down, and one man [giving him CPR], I was very nervous,” he told Sky Sports.

“I went to the referee and said we cannot play, stop the match. The fans say: ‘Stop, stop!’”

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Marriner then took the players off the field after around six minutes with the total stoppage lasting around 20 minutes as the fan received treatment.

Later updates confirmed the fan was awake and responsive in hospital.

“There is a medical emergency in the East Stand,” the stadium announcer said before telling the crowd the players would be returning.

“The supporter who was in need of urgent medical assistance has been stabilised,” Newcastle United said.

Match Referee, Andre Marriner looks on as Sergio Reguilon points out a potential issue in the stand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Match Referee, Andre Marriner looks on as Sergio Reguilon points out a potential issue in the stand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Tottenham’s Harry Kane revealed just what it was like to witness the incident unfolding on the field.

“First and foremost we want to say best wishes to the guy in the stands,” he said.

“It wasn’t a good sight to see, and we hear he might be stable now, so we’re thankful to the medical team and the fans. Hopefully he is OK, and we wish him all the best from Spurs and the players.”

Speaking post-game, former Newcastle midfielder David Ginola opened up on the cardiac arrest he suffered during a charity match in France in 2016 and the importance of knowing CPR.

“This is what saved my life – those were the words of the surgeons that operated on me,” he said on Sky Sports.

“The one who saved my life were the ones on the football pitch who knew how to perform CPR. They did it for 12 minutes and I was dead for 12 minutes. It is so important as otherwise the brain will be damaged.

“Sometimes [when doing CPR] people don’t want to hurt you too much but you need to go deep and break ribs. When you learn how to do it, you are going very strong on the body. This is the key. It’s vital.”

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