Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon has explained how his attention was drawn to the medical emergency which led to his intervention to stop his side’s Premier League clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
The Spurs left-back was the first player to signal referee Andre Marriner to stop proceedings after an incident at the St James’ Park East stand that resulted in a temporary suspension.
The game finally resumed in a match that saw visitors from Nuno Espirito Santo beat Steve Bruce’s Magpies 3-2, but after the match the Spaniard has now revealed how he realized the urgency.
What was said?
“I saw the man lying down. I was very nervous. I went to the referee and said ‘look at this, we can’t play like this, we have to stop the game,’ said Reguilon. Sky Sports News in his post-game comments.
“I watch the fans say ‘stop, stop’. I look over and say ‘He’s lying down, it’s not good … please stop the game.’
Teammate Harry Kane also weighed in on Eric Dier’s subsequent actions to request a defibrillator from the players’ medical staff, saying: “We obviously knew they (them) had on the side of the bench.
“We weren’t sure if they had them in the crowd, so Eric went to see if they were going to run and asked them if they had one.”
Reguilon put Marriner aside after spotting the medical emergency five minutes from the end of the first half, and with Tottenham 2-1.
The rest of the players on the pitch joined with medical staff in signaling the affected area, before they were taken off the pitch and play was suspended.
After the crowd member was removed – and then reportedly stabilized and en route to hospital – both sides returned to complete the first half.