Goalkeeper alerted referee to stop the game: Spectator passed away during La Liga match

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.10 - 2023 6:17 PM CET

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The spectator in this article is not featured in the photo - Photo: Youtube
The spectator in this article is not featured in the photo - Photo: Youtube
Spectator passed away during La Liga match.

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On Sunday afternoon, Athletic Bilbao traveled to Granada for a match in the Spanish football championship.

The weekend was set to be highlighted by the entirely Catalan clash between FC Barcelona and Girona FC, which had potential implications for the top spot in La Liga. Unfortunately, it was an incident in another match that ended up grabbing the biggest headlines.

A spectator in the stands suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest during the match.

The incident was immediately noticed by Unai Simon, the Basque goalkeeper, who alerted the referees to stop the game.

This allowed medical services to attend to the spectator, who was located just behind Simon's goal. Despite the efforts of the medical team, the spectator tragically passed away. The match was subsequently halted.

According to l'Independent this unfortunate event has cast a shadow over the weekend's football activities in Spain, highlighting the unpredictability and seriousness of health emergencies even in settings of entertainment and sport.

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