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Air ambulance lands on pitch as non-league match abandoned after medical emergency

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Air ambulance lands on pitch as non-league match abandoned after medical emergency
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A non-league match was abandoned after a medical emergency in the stands meant an air ambulance had to land on the field to transport the stricken fan to the hospital.

The National League South match between Weymouth and Yeovil Town was initially halted in the 75th minute after a supporter in the away end of the Bob Lucas Stadium fell ill.

Both teams left the pitch whilst the Yeovil supporter received medical attention, before an air ambulance landed on the pitch.

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The match was then abandoned around 45 minutes later as the air ambulance left the stadium.

Weymouth were leading 1-0 when the match was suspended.

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After the game was called off, Weymouth chairman Paul Maitland updated fans in a video statement.

Unfortunately late in the game there was a medical emergency that's required an air ambulance to attend the game and of course for the game to be halted while that person received medical treatment.

That person is now on the way to hospital. Because of the length of time that was involved the referee deemed that the game needed to be abandoned at that point.

The club has already been in contact with the National League, who we're already corresponding with right now on the phone to understand what happens next.

Obviously it's not a situation we're used to. So at the moment the game has been abandoned. Whether the game has to be replayed, or whether the result stands or what action comes next will be deemed by the National League and the National League board.

And I'm guessing because of the point of the season that we are, that decision will be made quite promptly.

As soon as we know where we stand, we will obviously make a further statement to supporters and keep them abreast of the situation.

But as of now we don't know and as a club what I would like to do at this point is offer our best wishes to the person that unfortunately fell ill at today's game and wish them a speedy recovery.

And apologise to those that have been affected by the events of today's game. It's one of those circumstances that you just have to deal with.

We wish them well, and thank both sets of supporters for the way that they handled themselves in leaving the game ad accepting the situation.

It's very unfortunate, but sometimes things happen that are bigger than the game of football and, as I say, that person's welfare if higher importance to anybody than a game of football at the moment.

Thank you again for your wonderful support today.

Arsenal Women's Conti Cup final against Chelsea was halted on Sunday after Frida Maanum went down off the ball and needed oxygen.

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