Millwall and Northampton bosses wanted game ended early as fan received medical aid

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris revealed he and Justin Edinburgh asked the fourth official to communicate to the referee to stop their League One game on Friday before the end of injury-time, as a Lions supporter was receiving medical attention in The Dockers Stand.

During the second half of the game, which Millwall won 3-0, medics from St John's Ambulance service moved to the upper tier and performed CPR on the supporter for more than 30 minutes.

Fans were asked to move away from the area around the individual, who is a season-ticket holder.

In added-time at the end of the game, a handful of home fans entered the field to urge referee Graham Salisbury to sound the final whistle. Northampton supporters also chanted their support, before Salisbury ended the game before the five minutes of injury-time had elapsed.

Shaun Hutchinson said later the players became aware of what was happening, and Byron Webster also approached Salisbury and gestured to the stand.

The supporter continued to receive treatment after the end of the game, and Millwall have since released an update on his condition.

An official statement said: “Millwall Footbal Club can confirm that the supporter who received lengthy medical treatment in The Dockers Stand during today’s game has been taken to hospital and was breathing on departure from The Den.

“The club would like to praise the medical staff for their outstanding work in treating the man, who is a season-ticket holder.

"Millwall also wishes to extend praise to fans of both clubs for their understanding, help and support in difficult circumstances."

Harris and Cobblers manager Edinburgh were also aware of what was happening.

Harris said: "We could see the medics and the stewards. I don’ think the players knew until right at the end. The first thought from me and the dressing room is, pleased with the result, but health and safety comes first.

“Me and Justin were saying to the fourth official there’s two-and-a-half minutes left in injury-time, they’re not scoring three goals. Let’s get everyone off the pitch and let’s get the person looked after.

“I don’t know what the rules and regulations are, but somewhere human nature and the reality of what’s important in life has to take priority.

“We can’t have players, officials, anybody as robots. People have to think for themselves.

“The principle of why [people ran onto the pitch] we get it.

“I’m pleased the referee saw sense.”

Millwall won the game after Jed Wallace’s double and Aiden O’Brien’s goal put their side 3-0 up before the break, and they comfortably saw it out to remain sixth ahead of Monday’s trip to Fleetwood.

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John Kelly

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8 thoughts on “Millwall and Northampton bosses wanted game ended early as fan received medical aid

  • April 14, 2017 at 20:13
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    Thank f*** he breathing wish him and he family all the best get well soon

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  • April 14, 2017 at 22:10
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    My thoughts are with the mentioned supporter and family hope the person in question makes a speedy recovery 👍

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  • April 14, 2017 at 23:14
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    Thank god he is alive!
    I'm so happy to be a part of St John

    making a difference is priceless
    I wasn't there today but
    so proud of our group well done!

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  • April 14, 2017 at 23:40
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    Really think the ref should of ended the game when we reached 90mins or before that fans live means more then a football match even if it stops us getting promoted...heart goes out to the family.

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  • April 15, 2017 at 09:42
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    We watch all this from our seats and that ref should be taken to task as he was responsible for a pitch invasion by the bisable supporters now "that sounds crazy"
    My prayers are with our brother supporter and hope he back at the den soon

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  • April 15, 2017 at 09:45
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    Hope the millwall fan who fell ill at the match make a full a quick recovery , I could not make the game but my son was there and was very upset after the match , we wish the family all the best in this difficult time

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  • April 15, 2017 at 10:14
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    Full praise to the medical team for their fantastic response, along with the players & fans of both clubs, plus the stewards who ably assisted.
    The one official who failed to step up & do the right thing was the referee. No sport is more important than a persons life

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  • April 15, 2017 at 11:32
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    Thoughts go out to the man and his family.
    Well done medics, especially the one who refused to give up, 30 mins is a very long time doing cpr, fantastic effort sir.

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