Watford vs Chelsea suspended after medical emergency in stands

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Watford’s Premier League clash with Chelsea was temporarily suspended after a medical emergency in the stands.

Players spotted a fan in distress in the Graham Taylor stand, prompting medical staff to sprint across the field at Vicarage Road and offer assistance.

The supporter is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

Moments later the players were ordered to leave the field and returned to their dressing rooms to keep warm while medics administered CPR to the fan.

Watford’s official Twitter account wrote: “There is a break in play due to a medical emergency in the crowd. Both teams have left the field.”







Watford’s Moussa Sissoko points out the emergence in the stands
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Both Watford and Chelsea stars wanted an update on the fan’s condition before they were prepared to return to the pitch to resume play.

It then emerged that the fan’s condition had stabilised and an ambulance was called to escort the supporter to the nearby Watford General Hospital.

Watford and Chelsea players then returned from the pitch and were allowed to warm up for five minutes before the match officially resumed.

Just under 10 minutes of the match had been played when the incident occurred, with the scores level.

Watford defender Adam Masina was in fact down receiving treatment for an injury when the fan suddenly took ill.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has made six changes from his side’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday for the game against Watford.







Medics from both clubs sprinted to the emergency
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Jorginho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech were all dropped to the bench in place of Saul, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic.

Reece James was not included in the matchday squad, with Kai Havertz, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta also named in the starting XI.

Claudio Ranieri only made one change to the starting line-up from the side which lost at Leicester, despite Watford’s mounting casualty list.

Joao Pedro was included while Cucho Hernandez took his place among the substitutes.

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