A medical emergency has forced officials to postpone a League One football match between Barnsley vs Burton.
The match was scheduled to begin at 3 pm and the players had warmed up and were reportedly ready to start the game when a man collapsed on the grass behind the goal.
The Mirror reports that medical officials responded immediately, performing CPR on the side of the pitch for over five minutes.
Due to the circumstances the match has been postponed.
Barnsley Football Club will look to provide further update when appropriate to do so.
— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) September 22, 2018
At around 3:30 pm a Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed and medical professionals began to treat the man, at 4 pm the ambulance is reported to have taken the man away for more treatment.
Shortly after the air ambulance landed officials announced their decision to postpone the game due to the incident.
Doug O’Kane, the sports editor at the Barnsley Chronicle, praised the professionalism of the medical teams.
The medical teams of Burton and Barnsley deserve massive credit for reacting so quickly and professionally. Same to ambulance staff.
Air ambulance attends Oakwell Stadium as someone falls ill before kick off. Match postponed after 40 minutes. Really puts football into perspective 😕 pic.twitter.com/3mn5QqgjAV
— Josh Wainwright (@Joshlarr) September 22, 2018
Both Barnsley and Burton posted a statement on Twitter about the postponement but refused to comment on the fan’s condition.
Burton Albion tweeted:
It has been announced here at Oakwell that, due to a medical emergency, today’s game between Barnsley and Burton Albion has been postponed.
It goes without saying, but all our thoughts are with those affected.
Meanwhile, Barnsley Football Club wrote that due to the circumstances the match has been postponed adding they will look to provide further updates when appropriate to do so.
Fans reportedly applauded when officials announced the decision to postpone the game, recognising that it was the right thing to do in the circumstances.
An air ambulance has arrived at Oakwell after someone was taken seriously unwell before the match started. Best wishes and a speedy recovery to that person. pic.twitter.com/cuTU0Air3x
— Matthew Shaw (@M_Shaw1) September 22, 2018
The Burton manager Nigel Clough released a statement following the incident on the Burton Albion website.
First and foremost everyone at Burton Albion hopes the gentleman is OK and, in the scheme of it, football doesn’t matter,’ Clough told Burton’s website.
When it was announced the game was called off all the crowd were applauding respectfully as they realise it’s the right decision.’
We also think it was definitely the right decision to call off the game. Our players were not in the right mental condition to play the match.
When you go out at five to three and everyone’s buzzing and right for the game and then something like this happens right where our players were doing their little bit of warm up, they come in and naturally several were distressed.
It was our lads who spotted what happened and who called the medical people over. They were right in front of it as were our supporters. Nick Fenton was one of the first people over there as the lads were calling for people to be quick as they knew something was wrong straight away.
The referee and linesmen have all been brilliant about it and it’s the right thing to do.
A number of fans have shared videos of the dramatic incident on Twitter and social media, including Matthew Shaw, the editor of Rugby League World.
Matthew captioned his tweet:
An air ambulance has arrived at Oakwell after someone was taken seriously unwell before the match started. Best wishes and a speedy recovery to that person.
Following a brief postponement, the decision was made to cancel the game completely and it’s currently unknown when it’ll be rearranged for.
A number of fans took to Twitter to send the ill fan their thoughts and prayers:
Hope the burton fan at Barnsley pulls through 😩😩😞
— 🏴⚔⚽️ Kerry – SUFC ⚽️⚔🏴 (@KerryJowitt1) September 22, 2018
Hope the person at the Barnsley match at the Burton end is okay, a big delay and air ambulance is coming. #BarnsleyBurton 🤞🏻
— Lewis H (@LewisH90) September 22, 2018
Barnsley have had a strong start to the season and are currently third in League on 15 points from eight games, while Burton Albion is 14th in the league on ten points.
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