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Thursday, December 2, 2021

John Barnes and Gianfranco Zola praise Watford and Chelsea players after medical emergency

  John Barnes and Gianfranco Zola have heaped praise on the Watford and Chelsea players after the way they handled the 'medical incident...

 

John Barnes and Gianfranco Zola have heaped praise on the Watford and Chelsea players after the way they handled the 'medical incident' in the crowd during their Premier League clash.

The Premier League clash was brought to a temporary stoppage after Marcos Alonso alerted the medical staff over an incident that occurred in the Upper Graham Taylor stand at Vicarage Road.

Chelsea posted this on their official Twitter account:

"The thoughts of everyone at Chelsea Football Club are with the fan and all those affected. Our thanks to the medical staff here at Vicarage Road for their quick response."

Watford also took to Twitter, saying:

"The players have returned to the field in preparation of play resuming. "Our thoughts are with the fan – who had a cardiac arrest but has now been stabilised – and all those affected. Thank you to the medical staff, players and fans for their quick response."

Speaking while the game was stopped, Barnes and Zola were both full of praise for the way the players handled the situation and didn't want to return to the pitch until an update on the condition of the supporter was given.

While being a pundit on Amazon Prime, Barnes said: 

“The players wanted to hear that everything was going to be okay before they came out and played.I’m sure everybody is hoping that the individual is going to be okay. We’ve seen incidents like this before. I was involved at Hillsborough, and obviously that was a whole group of people, but when it happens to one person, we don’t usually have a situation where the game stops. "It shows how far we’ve come as a society that we care so much about everybody."

Zola added: “I’m really impressed with the players, it means they are mature. They all want to play this game, but the most important thing is seeing how the man is.”

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