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Leyton Orient fan dies after ‘medical emergency’ at Lincoln City game

A football fan who suffered a ‘medical emergency’ during a Lincoln City game has died, London Ambulance says. The Leyton Orient supporter fell ill during a fixture between the Imps and Leyton Orient on Tuesday, October 3.

The game was brought to an end after concerned fans stormed the pitch at the East London club’s ground on Brisbane Road, with players returning to their changing rooms while the man received medical care. A spokesperson for the London Ambulance service confirmed on Wednesday, October 4 that he had died.

She said: “We sent a number of resources to the scene, including an incident response officer, two medics in fast-response cars and an ambulance crew. Our first medic arrived in approximately four minutes.

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Leyton Orient fans on the pitch.
Leyton Orient fans on the pitch.

“We treated a man at the scene, but very sadly, despite our teams’ best efforts, he was later pronounced dead.” After officials were made aware, the League One match was abandoned and did not restart.

A spokesperson for the English Football League said a decision would be made in due course on whether the game would be rescheduled or if the result at the time of abandonment would stand. The Imps were down 1-0 to Leyton Orient.

The Os thanked their supporters for showing ‘understanding and compassion’ during a ‘very difficult’ situation, while the Imps said their thoughts were with the fan.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said no action will be taken against the fans who stormed the pitch.

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