Manchester derby becomes last game aborted due to crowd emergency – Reuters Sports News


The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Manchester United became the latest top-flight football game to be called off due to a medical incident in the crowd on Sunday.

Referee Michael Oliver followed protocol by stopping play and ordering both groups of players to stand to the side of the pitch during the first half of the showdown at the Etihad Stadium when a fan needed to be attended to.

Play resumed after a brief hiatus, and the nature of the problem was not immediately clear.

The worrying development is the latest in a long string of similar incidents this season, continuing a trend that had hardly ever been a feature of the sport in previous years.

In January, four English Football League matches had to be stopped on the same afternoon because people fell ill in the crowd.

There have been emergencies at matches around the world during the current campaign, including a fan in his 20s who suffered cardiac arrest during a home match played by Italian giants Roma.

A number of top players also required treatment on the pitch and were forced out of games, which some fans suggested was an increase in unusual medical issues.

City record holder and Premier League legend Sergio Aguero was forced to retire months into his career with new club Barcelona after suffering chest pains and breathing difficulties while playing, which left him earned a diagnosis of a heart problem.


USA and Sweden defender Victor Lindelof was closely watched when he was substituted in a high profile game due to chest pains.

Leicester and former England midfielder James Maddison were removed after collapsing unchallenged during a Foxes game in February.

Christian Eriksen, who suffered cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020, had to have a pacemaker-like device fitted which forced him out of Inter Milan under Italian rules.

The former Tottenham Player of the Year has made a remarkable comeback playing in new side Brentford’s last two Premier League games.

Kevin de Bruyne’s brace either side of a Jadon Sancho strike put City 2-1 up at the break as the current leaders sought to extend their lead at the top to six points.

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