There was tragedy at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night as a football fan sadly dies after watching the Stoke v Brentford cup tie.
A male unfortunately passed away after becoming seriously ill when making his way out of the ground, with fans near him quickly having to do CPR to try and revive him.
But despite the best efforts of fellow fans – who have been praised by the club and paramedics – he sadly passed away a short time later at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
The incident took place on the footpath leading to the A50 bridge and Highfield Drive.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 9.49pm last night to a footpath off Highfield Drive to reports of a cardiac arrest.
“Two ambulances and a paramedic officer arrived on the scene to find bystanders performing CPR on a man in a critical condition.
“Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts at the scene before conveying the man on blue lights to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
“Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later in hospital.”
Stoke City have extended their sympathies to the man’s family.
A spokesperson said: “The thoughts of all at the club are with the family and friends of the supporter who sadly died after being taken ill as they made their way home from last night’s game.
“A number of fans came to the aid of the gentleman and administered CPR before the medical professionals arrived on the scene but it was with great sadness that we learned that the supporter could not be saved.”
The thoughts of all at #SCFC are with the family and friends of the supporter who was taken ill as they made their way home from last night’s game.
Despite the best efforts of fellow fans and medical professionals, the Club is sad to learn that the supporter passed away ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gZq0xcX6X4
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) October 28, 2021
Twitter users paid their respects while praising those who tried to save the man’s life…
@nathphilk: Me and my son sadly saw this happen on our way home, there was so many people trying to help and he received CPR instantly, I was really hoping he’d make it, hats off to the fans who tried their hardest to help…. Thoughts go out to his family ❤️🤍❤️🤍
@TFurber96: Fucking hell, RIP 😪
@thatladrhodesy1: Could not be prouder of my dad and fellow fans who did their best efforts to keep the chap steady. Absolutely horrifying what happened last night, football does not matter! Defibrillators needs to be around every corner. God bless you sir, rest easy❤️🤍 #wellbewithyou #SCFC
@nginnis: Awful news. There were so many people helping that I had hoped he would recover 😢
@jules_ted: Thoughts are with their family at this sad time xx
@Georgina1991a: Nobody should go to a game of football and not arrive home 💔💔 Thoughts with the family a friends at this sad time, From Barnsley Fan x
@jtwknowles: Thoughts with the family and friends of the gentleman, plus those who did all they could to help.
@CalDoozy_: Such awful news, our condolences to the family and friends of the supporter ❤️
@ScfcJ18: Heartbreaking that this happened in front of us. We tried our best to help just gutted that he passed away.
Nobody deserves to go to a football game and not go home RIP❤️
@utciadafcb: Sorry to hear this awful news, thoughts with the supporters family and friends at this time
@DeanCondliffe: Terrible. How life can turn so quickly. Every moment matters. Rest easy
@Valetillidie123: Awful news RIP
@ScottGr_: Puts everything into perspective. RIP
@wbajenson_: That is such awful news . No one should go to a football match and never come home ❤
Please pass on our thanks to one of your fans, a man named Owen who tried to help along with others until the services arrived.
— Stoke Fans Council (@SCFCSC) October 28, 2021
RIP Sir 🙏 💙 condolences To all his family pic.twitter.com/lWcgjWYMvb
— ❤🤍Stokie Matt❤🤍 (@Stokie_Matt74) October 28, 2021
The thoughts of everyone at Port Vale Football Club are with the family and friends of the Stoke City supporter who sadly passed away making their way home from last night’s match.
— Port Vale FC (@OfficialPVFC) October 28, 2021