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Viewers criticise Sky Sports for zooming camera into medical incident at Blackburn

Viewers have took to criticise Sky Sports for zooming their camera into a worrying medical incident at Blackburn v Middlesbrough on Monday.

The Rovers’ 1-0 Championship win over Chris Wilder’s side was temporarily suspended, when the referee stopped play in the 64th minute to allow medics to attend to the matter at Ewood Park.

After a nine minute stoppage, the game resumed as Blackburn took to Twitter to provide an update, confirming the supporter involved was ‘conscious and breathing’.

Rovers also wished the individual a ‘full and speedy recovery’, while speaking after the match, goalscorer Sam Gallagher said: “Best wishes to whoever it was in the crowd.”

Manager Tony Mowbray added: “It was mentioned in the dressing room. We will find out as soon as I’ve finished here.

“This club is a very caring community and we will be doing everything to help him and his family.

“Hopefully we get some good news quickly.”

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Blackburn Rovers are pleased to report that the elderly gentleman who required urgent medical attention during tonight’s game is now in a stable condition in hospital.

The Rovers supporter, who was situated in the lower tier of the Jack Walker Stand, took ill midway through the second half of the 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

Rovers wish to pay a special thanks to Middlesbrough’s medical department, who were first on the scene and who were able to restart the gentleman’s breathing, as well as Rovers’ medical staff and the crowd doctor and his team for their swift response.

After regaining consciousness, the supporter was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he is alert and stable.

Our thoughts remain with him and his family this evening, and we hope that he makes a fully and speedy recovery.


Viewers however are still unhappy and took to criticise Sky Sports for zooming their camera into the medical incident at Blackburn,

Commentator Don Goodman could only watch on, before saying “Blackburn needed it (a break in play)” as a supporters gets CPR.

@Footy_Tipster: Medical issue inside Ewood Park at Blackburn v Middlesbrough, why on earth do they feel like they need to put the camera on the crowd?

Medical emergency at Ewood Park, during the Blackburn v Middlesbrough match.
Sky Sports zoomed in on the person receiving CPR.
Sky commentator says “Blackburn needed it (a break in play)”!
The anti vaxxers are out saying it’s the vaccine.
Fuck off.

@mrmitchell78: Gross.

@cufc_andy17: @SkySports cameras keep showing the stand and clearly an individual getting chest compressions at their seat – sick af!

@ROldfieldDesign: Sky zooming in on the medical emergency in the crowd. Disgraceful

@jayefc_: terrible from Sky

@indiajgxxx: Sky showing the medical issue in the stand at Ewood Park really is disturbing 🤕

@Chr15PG: Don goodman saying “Blackburn needed it” was probably just as bad

@jack0hinch: sky sports zooming in on someone receiving cpr, as shameless as the efl

@rhys_nicholson: Most disrespectful thing was zooming in! Shocking!!

@edens_mfc: Why are Sky zooming in on the medical incident ffs, no regard whatsoever. Hope whoever the Blackburn fan is is okay too 💙

@jhackett__: Why on earth are Sky Sports just zooming into the crowd when there’s a supporter clearly in need of medical help? Not sure about that.

@T0mDcFc1: Sky camera zooming in On a medical emergency. Proper low that.

A team doctor was one of those in the stands saving the life of a fan inside a stadium for the second time this season.

Doctor Tom Prichard was part of the Middlesbrough first-team medical staff on Monday night during their televised game at Blackburn Rovers.

A Newcastle fan, Dr Prichard was in the home end during their match against Tottenham in October, which was also halted for a medical emergency.

Once again, it was the doctor who was first on the scene, rushing to the aid of 80-year-old Alan George Smith. 

A video from the game showed two the doctors, one of them Dr Prichard, receiving a standing ovation from the Gallowgate End as they returned to their seats.

In the clip, posted to Twitter, chants of ‘hero’ can be heard, while one man goes as far as to shake Dr Prichard’s hand before celebrating as though a goal had been scored.

Dr Prichard, who works in an A&E department in a North East hospital told BBC Breakfast at the time: ‘It all happened so quickly, to be honest. 

‘I was sat in the Gallowgate End and I could see something was happening with the fans. They were calling over the stewards and first-aiders, and I could see a lady there doing CPR on someone.

‘As an A&E doctor I thought I’d better go and offer a hand if I can, and see what help I can give here. So I just got up and went over to help, really.’ 

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