The Premier League match between Newcastle and Tottenham was paused and players left the field after a supporter required medical treatment on Sunday.
It was Tottenham player Eric Dier who was alert to the emergency and indicated a defibrillator was required.
The players initially waited by the side of the St. James’ Park pitch before leaving for the dressing room.
A medic runs to treat someone in the crowd during an English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park in Newcastle on Sunday
A Newcastle fan in the stands at St James’ Park in Newcastle upon Tyne is given emergency medical help
Seven minutes stoppage time had been indicated.
‘There is a medical emergency in the East Stand,’ the stadium announcer said before later telling the crowd: ‘The players will be coming out to resume the first half.
‘There are 7 minutes left to play’
Discussing the importance of having equipment like defibrillators at football stadiums, ex-Newcastle player David Ginola told Sky Sports News: ‘It is vital.
‘I hope the man or the woman is going to be fine, but it brings back some very weird memories.’
In 2016, Ginola suffered a heart attack while playing a charity football match in in Mandelieu-la-Napoule.
Fellow footballer Frédéric Mendy performed CPR on Ginola on the pitch before medics took five shocks from the defibrillator to restore a normal heart rhythm within 10 minutes.
Speaking as a pundit at today’s match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James Park, ex Newcastle midfielder David Ginola spoke about the importance of defibrillators and CPR
‘I haven’t been in this country doing that for years and you come back to the game and you have a heart attack in the stadium,’ he continued.
‘It’s a bit weird – we were watching a good game of football and then all of a sudden everything is stopped.
‘Having defibrillators helps massively. Having people in the stands as well, being able to perform CPR helped massively.
Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles pictured speaking to a police officer about the medical emergency in the stands during the match against Tottenham Hotspur
Newcastle United club doctor Paul Catterson, centre, is told by Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier, far right, and Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles, left, to assist a member of the crowd in the stands
‘At the end of the day, we should all be able to perform CPR to help each other.
‘There are hundreds of thousands of people dying from sudden death and we don’t know the cause of that yet.
‘It could be coronaries, it could be arteries, but it could also be nothing.
‘We need to improve our knowledge of sudden deaths, being able to treat people, prevent, and be able to perform on people.
‘Luckily he is surrounded by a lot of people, he is in a stadium, but if anything happened like that at home, without anyone around or any defibrillator around, it would be a major problem.’
Left, Jamie Redknapp, centre, Kieron Dyer, and David Ginola, at the Premier League match today. Dyer spoke about the requirement for first aid when training to be a football coach
Former QPR midfielder Kieron Dyer added: ‘When you do your coaching badges right now, it’s compulsory that you do your first aid.
‘We have to learn CPR, know where the defibs are, everything. Because having that knowledge can save peoples lives.
‘When you’re practicing CPR, you don’t realise how hard it is to maintain the compressions, that’s why its always important to have someone alongside you who can replace and start giving you a break.
‘Where you’re constantly compressing someone, you get fatigued.’
David Ginola continued: ‘This is what saved my life
‘The words of the surgeon who operated me with the four bypass, he said: “I’ve done my job, but I didn’t save your life. The one that saved your life was the one next to you on the football pitch.”
‘Frédéric Mendy and those guys, they performed CPR for 12 minutes, and I was dead for 12 minutes.
‘It is very important because otherwise the brain will be damaged, they save your heart but with your brain damaged.’
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