FA Cup clash delayed due to ‘medical emergency’ in crowd alerted by players

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Dagenham & Redbridge's FA Cup clash with Salford City was temporarily delayed due to an apparent medical emergency in the crowd.

With the match reaching the final stages, players alerted medical staff to a problem in the stands.

Medical staff rushed across the pitch to the aid of the stricken supporter with a stretcher required.

ITV commentator Sam Matterface reported the fan was stretchered away from the scene after suffering a fit.

Players had been taken towards the tunnel while doctors and paramedics treated the supporter.

Though play soon resumed with ten minutes added on at the end of the 90 minutes.

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Dagenham posted post-game: "The supporter in question is in a stable condition after suffering a fit, and we would once again like to thank the Crowd Doctor and paramedics for their swift response."

League Two side Salford had led from the early stages against their National League opponents.

Salford were the favourites, being owned by Manchester United's Class of 92 with Gary Neville a key figure.

After a tricky campaign last season, Neville said: "Last season, I've got to take the blame for it. I think in every season we haven't gone up I've made bad decisions or we haven't done certain things well.

"Last season, to be fair, Graham Alexander should have never left this club last season. I should have never made that decision that I made.

"It goes against everything really that I believe in and that's what owning a football club does to you. It takes you to that place where you do things that you don't believe you ever would do.

"But it happens and you've got to make sure that you don't go and do that again. We're settled now. Gary [Bowyer]'s steadied the ship towards the end of the season.

"It was difficult for Richie coming in, in the mid part of the season and I'm glad that he's now got back in at Doncaster.

"Gary's here now, he's got a lot of experience, he's got a calming influence and I think it's just about making sure that we get everything set properly off the pitch.

"We've got big decisions to make in this next couple of months. We just need to make sure we get things right from now on. We did it in the early days and then you sort of lose your way a little bit, you get carried away, but we've brought it back to the ideals and principles and values that we grew up loving football for."

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