Newcastle's Premier League clash with Tottenham was halted in the first half with immediate effect as the players on the pitch flagged down a medical incident in the crowd. In the 40th minute as Tottenham were preparing to take a corner, a number of Spurs players appeared to approach referee Andre Mariner and point towards the stand on the far side. It soon became clear that this was a state of emergency as the medics were urged to enter and cross the pitch. As cameras panned around, a large huddle of stewards and paramedics could be seen treating the affected person.
Tottenham defender Eric Dier then rushed over to the touchline and signalled for the defibrillator. Following this summer's scenes in Copenhagen where former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark against Finland, Dier was not prepared to take any chances.
The officials should always prepare ahead because this kind of incident is now rising in football.
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