Premier League Soccer Match Halted as Player Collapses

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On Saturday, a Premier League soccer game was suspended after a player fell on the pitch.

After Tom Lockyer, the Luton Town captain, collapsed in the 59th minute of the game between Bournemouth vs. Luton Town.

ESPN reported that Lockyer was taken away on a stretcher while the crowd and other players cheered.

According to the Luton Town X report, Lockyer had a cardiac episode on the field but was still “responsive” when he was carried off on a stretcher.

“He received additional treatment inside the stadium for which we thank both medical teams,” Luton Town continued, on X, formerly Twitter.

“Tom has been transferred to the hospital where we can reassure his supporters that he’s stable and is currently undergoing additional tests with his family by his side.”

Premier League X posted on its account that the game had been abandoned because of a “player’s medical incident.”

Luton announced in an earlier post that the match was suspended because players from both sides were not mentally prepared to continue the match.

Luton stated that the players of both sides could not continue the game, after witnessing their beloved teammate and friend being taken away in that manner. Staff were unable to manage the game under such circumstances.

We thank everyone who sang Locks’s name in the stadium and for the applause. It was a wonderful gesture at a time of great sadness. It’s time for our players, staff, and fans to unite and show their love and support for Tom and his family.

Lockyer was hospitalized for five days after collapsing during the Championship playoff final in May. According to ESPN, he had surgery to correct an atrial fibrillation.