Linesman faints during Copa América game amid Kansas City heat

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Linesman faints during Copa América game amid Kansas City heat
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A Copa América match between Peru and Canada on Tuesday was halted after linesman Humberto Panjoj fainted amid sweltering temperatures in Kansas City.

The incident occurred in first-half stoppage time of Canada's 1-0 win over Peru when the Guatemalan assistant referee suddenly fell to the ground in direct sunlight on the field.

Canadian goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau was the first to notice the linesman's plight and was straight over to assist the official.

He immediately called over members of the pitchside medical staff and the required attention was soon administered.

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Members of the medical staff from both teams attended to the lineman and Panjoj soon regained consciousness, although he appeared very dazed.

Despite the alarming situation, Panjoj was able to stand before being placed on the stretcher, providing some reassurance to the players and fans.

He was eventually carted off the field to a round of applause from the fans in attendance at Children's Mercy Park.

Ecudorian fourth official Augusto Aragon then stepped in to serve as Panjoj's replacement for the second half of the match.

The match, which began at 5 p.m., was played under sweltering conditions with the thermometer reading 90 degrees fahrenheit / 32 degrees celcius.

Earlier this week, Uruguay defender Ronald Araújo had to leave the field during his team's 3-1 victory over Panama due to similar heat-related issues.

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