The start of Newcastle’s new era of Premier League riches was briefly halted when players and fans alerted officials to a medical emergency in the crowd.
- Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon said he told the referee to stop the game when he saw the ill spectator
- The fan was taken to hospital and stabilised after being treated at the ground
- Newcastle lost 3-2 in the club’s first game under new Saudi ownership
Tottenham’s Eric Dier first became aware of the emergency and indicated a defibrillator was required in the stand, while teammate Sergio Reguilon told the referee to stop play.
“I saw the fan lying down, and one man [giving him CPR], I was very nervous,” Reguilon told Sky Sports after the match
“I went to the referee and said we cannot play, stop the match. The fans say, ‘Stop, stop!'”
The supporter continued to receive treatment in the stands before being wheeled away by the side of the field to applause in the stadium.
Newcastle United later confirmed the fan was in a stable condition in hospital.
“I have to say well done to the supporters,” Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said.
“Straight away they’ve made it pretty obvious there was something happening in the ground. They alerted the players who immediately responded like anybody else would too.
“I think the big thing is that apparently we had a defibrillator and specialists on that side of the stand anyway, which has probably saved the man’s life from what we’re hearing. And I hope that’s the case.”
Newcastle beaten in first game under Saudi investment
Callum Wilson headed Newcastle in front only 107 seconds into the new era under Saudi ownership before the hosts collapsed to lose 3-2 to Tottenham.
It leaves Newcastle with three points from eight games, stuck in the relegation zone and with no ability to spend on new players until the January transfer window.
Home fans created a jubilant atmosphere before kick-off, with some dressed in Saudi robes and headdresses and brandishing Saudi flags.
But their joy quickly turned when Tanguy Ndombele began Tottenham’s comeback in the 17th minute, after Reguilon rolled the ball across the penalty area.
The visitors went into the lead five minutes later when Harry Kane scored his first league goal of the season after lifting a shot over goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
The game was suspended just before half-time for 20 minutes when the supporter required medical treatment. The players left the field before returning to complete the first half.
Son Heung-min got on the end of Kane’s cross to extend the lead in first-half stoppage time.
A further blow came for Newcastle in the 83rd when Jonjo Shelvey, a 60th-minute replacement for Sean Longstaff, was sent off for a second bookable offense after tripping Reguilon.
Newcastle was handed a surprise lifeline when Dier headed into his own net but Tottenham held on for a second consecutive win.
Tottenham is on 15 points in fifth place, four points behind leader Chelsea.