January 26, 2022

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Newcastle fan who collapsed during Spurs clash discharged from hospital

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The Newcastle United supporter who collapsed during their 3-2 Premier League defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park has been discharged from hospital, the club said.

Referee Andre Marriner halted the 17 October match in the 41st minute as a medical team rushed to help 80-year-old Alan George Smith.

Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon was among the first to notice the fan in distress and alerted the referee, while Eric Dier ran to the dugout and motioned for a defibrillator to be brought over.

“We are pleased to announce that Alan Smith, the fan taken ill earlier this month during the Newcastle v Tottenham game, was discharged from the city’s Freeman Hospital on Tuesday,” Newcastle said in a statement.
“Mr Smith required four stents inserted to aid his recovery, but his son, Paul, said the medical staff have been ‘amazing’ during his stay and his family wish to thank every one of them.”

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