- A Leyton Orient fan has died after suffering a medical emergency on Tuesday
- The club’s match against Lincoln was halted in 84th minute after fan protests
A Leyton Orient fan has died following a medical emergency during the club’s League One match against Lincoln City on Tuesday night.
The game had been suspended in the 84th minute after around 20 supporters stormed the pitch while CPR was being given to an individual in the stands. Officials called the match off just under an hour later.
The supporter has now passed away, as reported by the Independent.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman told the outlet: ‘We were called yesterday at 9:28pm to reports of a person becoming unwell at Leyton Orient Football Club, on Brisbane Road.
‘We sent a number of resources to the scene, including an incident response officer, two medics in fast-response cars and an ambulance crew.
A Leyton Orient supporter has died after a medical emergency during the club’s match against Lincoln City on Tuesday night
Fans had stormed the pitch in an attempt to abandon the game while CPR was being given
Play was halted in the 84th minute with the home side winning 1-0 at the time
‘Our first medic arrived in approximately four minutes.
‘We treated a man at the scene, but very sadly, despite our teams’ best efforts, he was later pronounced dead.’
Confusion surrounded the nature of the incident, which appeared to involve a fan falling ill in the East Stand at the Breyer Group Stadium on Brisbane Road.
Referee Stephen Martin initially allowed play to continue while the spectator was receiving treatment, until fans ran onto the pitch to draw the referee’s attention and force play to be halted at around 9.30pm.
With the paramedics appearing to give the individual CPR on the side of the pitch, the referee took the teams off the field.
Referee Stephen Martin called both sets of players off the pitch at around 9.30pm
At the time of the suspension, Orient led 1-0 through Joe Pigott’s 10th-minute strike.
Eventually the players from both sides were taken off the field and the game was suspended until further notice.
But it took almost an hour after the match was paused to make the decision to abandon the game, which was announced at 10.25pm.
‘This evening’s match will not be restarted due to the ongoing medical emergency in the East Stand,’ an Orient statement said.
‘All of our hopes are prayers are with the supporter and his loved ones at this incredibly distressing time.’
They later added: ‘The club would like to thank all supporters in attendance at Brisbane Road this evening for the understanding and compassion shown, during a very difficult situation.’