A Newcastle fan was taken ill during Tottenham’s 3-2 win at St James’ Park and Harry Kane has wished them all the best after they were transported to hospital
The match was suspended in the 41st minute after both sets of players alerted referee Andre Marriner to an incident which had taken place in the crowd.
Kane, alongside team-mate Sergio Reguilon, spearheaded Spurs’ appeals for immediate assistance as a defibrillator was brought on from the bench.
The fan was quickly stabilised by medics and taken to hospital from the stadium.
Kane told Sky Sports post-match: “First and foremost best wishes to the guy in the stands, obviously not a good sight to see but we hear that he might be stable now, so we’re thankful to the emergency teams and the fans who were doing CPR.
“Hopefully he’s okay and we wish him all the best from Tottenham.”
The England captain went on to say: “I think from our point of view we know there’s defibs on the side of the bench obviously we don’t know if they have that in the stands.
“I think Eric [Dier] went over just to ask if they’ve got one, it was devastating to see we wish him all the best and the fans to see that, from our point of view hope everyone’s okay.”
“We heard the fans screaming,” Kane added.
Teammate Reguilon recalled: “I saw one guy lying down and one man like this [making CPR gestures] I was nervous I went to the referee and said we cannot play, stop the match, the referee and the linesman.
“Now I think it’s okay? That’s more important.”
Kane scored his first Premier League goal of the season in the match, making it 2-1 as Spurs turned the game around which marked Newcastle’s first match under new Saudi Arabian-backed ownership.
The Magpies took an early lead through Callum Wilson inside two minutes but good finishes from Tanguy Ndombele and Kane quickly changed the mood in the north east.
Heung-min Son made it 3-1 before half-time following the restart, although a Dier own goal gave the hosts hope.
“The game itself, we knew they was going to come out fast and they got the goal but I thought we composed ourselves, kept the ball well, created some really good chances took him well,” Kane said.
“Only disappointment, when we went 3-1 up in the second half we should have scored the four or fifth and saw the game out but made it difficult in the end there.
David Ginola, who was on pundit duty for Sky Sports and played for both teams during his career, suffered a cardiac arrest during a 2016 charity match and the former Magpie noted: “It brings back some weird memories.
“I’ve been talking to the lads, I haven’t been in the country for years doing that and you come back to the game and you have a heart-attack/issue in the stadium, it’s been weird.
“We were watching a good game and all of a sudden it has been stopped with that. You said the defibrillator helps brilliantly, the fans in the stands.”