A supporter is in a stable condition following a cardiac arrest in the stands during Watford’s Premier League clash at home to Chelsea.
Play was stopped 13 minutes into the first half after players, including Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso, alerted referee David Coote to an ongoing medical emergency in the Graham Taylor Stand at Vicarage Road.
The players left the field for more than 30 minutes as medical and stewarding staff rushed to assist the fan, who was given space as other supporters cleared the surrounding seats.
The fan was eventually taken away from the stadium on a stretcher to applause from the crowd, and the players returned for a five-minute warm-up before play resumed.
Watford said: "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."
It is the second confirmed cardiac arrest suffered by a supporter during a Premier League game this season, after Newcastle’s home defeat to Tottenham in October – the first game under the home side’s new owners – was stopped in the 40th minute.