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Sunderland confirm sad death of fan who fell ill at game against Burton

Sunderland have unfortunately had to confirm the sad death of a lifelong fan who fell ill at the League One game against Burton Albion.

There was an medical emergency in the stands at the Stadium of Light leading to a suspension of play with referee Robert Lewis halting proceedings in the fourth minute on the 22nd of February 2022 with a supporter in the West Stand requiring assistance.

The players remained on the pitch for around 10 minutes before being returning to the dressing rooms while treatment was ongoing.


All at Sunderland AFC are incredibly saddened by the passing of lifelong supporter Michael Waggott.

After receiving treatment from the emergency services during the first half of SAFC’s home fixture against Burton Albion, Michael was transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he sadly passed away on Thursday 24 February.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad time, and we will continue to offer them our full support throughout the next days and weeks.

On behalf of Michael’s family, we commend the emergency services and our club staff and supporters for their response to the incident.

Rest in peace, Michael. You will forever be red and white. You will be remembered, always.

Twitter users reacted as Sunderland confirm the sad death of a fan who fell ill at the game against Burton…

@daveboneherron: RIP Michael, thoughts are with his family x

@MarkDNUFC84: RIP Michael condolences with family and friends

@MJJ93__: Incredibly sad. Thoughts go out to the family and friends. Rest in peace, Michael. Keep that red flag flying high ❤️🤍

@TBOTT_: Very sad news. RIP.

@Cosseycj: Very sad news 😔condolences to the family

@ianprinceftm: RIP m8 safc for ever

@charlotteee30: This is awful. Thinking of everyone affected, especially Michaels family and friends. RIP

@JakeNUFC__: genuine tragedy going to a football match and not returning. should never happen to anyone. RIP man, sending condolences to michael’s family ❤️

@LYelland_90: Awful news, RIP 💛🖤❤️🤍

@GavLee82: RIP no fan should go to a game of football and never return ❤️


@Ryan_Doneathy: RIP fella, no fan should go to a game and not come back from it x

@brownh1989: RIP Michael. Thoughts go out to all of his Friends and family at this tough time.

@KezGoldsworthy: R.I.P Michael. My thoughts are with all the family and friends during this difficult time. From a burton fan 💛🖤❤️

@1879SAFC: Such sad news. RIP Michael , thoughts are with his family & friends at this sad time

@S4fcNi4ll: Was horrible to watch from the roker end. My thoughts go to his family and friends he will be watching the games from heaven and singing wise men say

@safcfansreact: Thoughts go out to all of the family and friends of Michael. Rest in peace! ❤️🤍❤️🤍

@seahampirlo: Horrible news. RIP Michael. Thoughts are with his poor family and also those who witnessed. Fly high ❤️

@JRuddy_1: Devastating news this morning to hear the #SAFC supporter who took ill at last week’s match has now passed away. No one should go to a Football Match and not return home. Thoughts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace. #SAFC ❤️🤍

What are the signs of a cardiac arrest?

A cardiac arrest usually happens without warning. If someone is in cardiac arrest, they collapse suddenly and:

– will be unconscious

– will be unresponsive and 

– won’t be breathing or breathing normally – not breathing normally may mean they’re making gasping noises.

Without immediate treatment or medical attention, the person will die. If you see someone having a cardiac arrest, phone 999 immediately and start CPR.

How is a cardiac arrest treated?

Starting immediate CPR is vital as it keeps blood and oxygen circulating to the brain and around the body. A defibrillator will then deliver a controlled electric shock to try and get the heart beating normally again.

Public access defibrillators are often in locations like train stations and shopping centres. Anyone can use one and you don’t need training to do so. 

If you’re with someone who’s having a cardiac arrest, call 999, start CPR and use a defibrillator if there’s one nearby. Follow instructions from the 999 operator until emergency services take over.

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