the saving gesture of Ledesma after the discomfort of a spectator

CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP Cadiz’s Spanish goalkeeper David Gil (L) and Cadiz’s Spanish defender Fali react during a play interruption as a supporter fainted during the Spanish league football match between Cadiz CF and FC Barcelona at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium in Cadiz, on September 10, 2022. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)


Goalkeeper David Gil, and defender Fali, on the lawn of the Cadiz-FC Barcelona match, September 10, 2022

FOOTBALL – The end of the match between Cadiz and FC Barcelona, ​​​​counting for the 5th day of La Liga, was interrupted for about thirty minutes this Saturday, September 10 due to a medical incident in the stands.

The referee sent the players back to the locker room after a 20-minute break, while Barça were leading 2-0. They returned to the pitch around 30 minutes later and, after a brief warm-up, the game resumed at 9:05 p.m. Barca won 4-0. An AFP photographer present at the stadium noted that a supporter had suffered a heart attack in the stands, then that a cameraman responsible for filming the meeting lost consciousness in the process.

Previously, the Argentinian goalkeeper of Cadiz, Jeremias Ledesma, had been seen carrying a defibrillator running towards the stand to rescue the victim. Blaugrana defender Ronald Araujo began to pray on the pitch.

The Cadiz club confirmed in the evening that a spectator had suffered cardiac arrest in the stands. ” One of the medical teams moved to the victim in the stands with a defibrillator, to begin resuscitation. At the same time, FC Barcelona offered a second defibrillator if needed, which was carried to the incident area by the players themselves. The resuscitation was positive after a few minutes, and the supporter was transferred to the Puerta del Mar hospital, where he remains under observation “, specified the direction of the club in a press release.

The protagonists of the meeting, players and managers, remained standing for long minutes, in shock.

Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembélé, late-game scorers after the match resumed, did not celebrate their goals out of respect for the resuscitated victim.

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