Steve Evans and Rotherham United send messages of support to fan in New York Stadium medical emergency

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BOSS Steve Evans said his best wishes and prayers were with the Rotherham United supporter who yesterday received emergency medical treatment and was taken to hospital during the Millers' clash with Birmingham City.

The new manager's first match back in charge after his return for a second spell in the hot-seat was stopped after nine minutes to allow doctors and paramedics to tend to the male Millers fan in the East Stand at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Evans said following the 0-0 draw that he understood the man was in intensive care.

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The players were taken off the pitch during the incident and play didn't resume for more than half an hour.

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans at yesterday's game against Birmingham City. Picture: Jim BrailsfordRotherham United manager Steve Evans at yesterday's game against Birmingham City. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans at yesterday's game against Birmingham City. Picture: Jim Brailsford

“Things like that don't happen very often in football,” Evans said. “When they do we have to humbly and respectfully back off and let an incredible medical team go and keep the gentleman alive.

“No-one should come to a game of football and not go home. My best wishes and prayers are with him. As a club, we're asking the Big Man upstairs to keep him here.”

St John's Ambulance staff and the doctors of both clubs administered emergency care and were warmly applauded by supporters from both sides as they walked back to their stations in the stadium once the spectator had been transferred to an ambulance and was on his way to hospital.

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The Millers issued a statement saying: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the supporter.

“Everyone at Rotherham United would like to place on record our sincere thanks to the paramedics, medical professionals and both sets of supporters for the professionalism and compassion which was.

“In unimaginably difficult circumstances it was incredible to see allegiances on the pitch put aside and the efforts of the medical professionals and support staff receive the commendation that they deserved from everyone inside AESSEAL New York Stadium.”

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