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FA Youth Cup match abandoned as player 'suffers cardiac arrest' on pitch

Mirror logo Mirror 02/09/2021 Darren Wells

An FA Youth Cup match was forced to be abandoned in worrying scenes as a player suffered a suspected sudden cardiac arrest on the field.

The fixture between the youth teams of Boston United and West Bridgford was called to a halt by officials as paramedics rushed to administer life-saving treatment.

Three ambulance crews were called to West Bridgford's home stadium on Regatta Way in Nottinghamshire.

Freelance journalist Chris Williams tweeted: "Hug your loved ones, I'm at a FA Youth Cup game this evening where a young player has suffered a SCA.

"Four shocks and still unresponsive, three ambulances on site."

He added that fans had been asked to leave the stadium after being informed the match would not continue.

According to The Mail, eyewitnesses claimed the player was unresponsive despite receiving multiple shocks from a defibrillator.

Boston United tweeted soon after: "Tonight’s FAYouthCup fixture between West Bridgford and the Pilgrims has been abandoned."

West Bridgford then later issued a statement which read: "We can confirm that there was a medical incident tonight during our FA Youth Cup game against Boston United.

"Emergency services were called out to our Regatta Way Ground after a player became seriously unwell and they are now undergoing treatment in hospital.

"We would ask that you respect the privacy of those involved at this time and we will comment further when we feel it is appropriate to do so."

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