Fulham supporter dies after suffering cardiac arrest at Craven Cottage

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A Fulham fan has died after suffering cardiac arrest at Craven Cottage during a league game on Saturday afternoon.

Just under 15 minutes of the match between Fulham and Blackpool had been played when referee Peter Bankes interrupted proceedings, as the stewards attended an incident at the Hammersmith End.

Medical staff from both teams assisted paramedics at the scene, with both teams driven off the pitch as fans continued to receive treatment.

The game resumed around 40 minutes after it was stopped when Fulham confirmed the fan had been taken to hospital. However, the club later announced that the fan, named Paul Parish, had since passed away.

A statement from Fulham said: “It is with immense sadness that we inform the fans of the death of supporter Paul Parish.

Paul suffered cardiac arrest and was treated at Hammersmith Stand during this afternoon’s game before being taken to hospital. He sadly passed away tonight.

Our condolences and the thoughts of everyone at Fulham Football Club go out to Paul’s family, friends and loved ones.

The family would like to thank the Fulham and Blackpool fans for the respect and care shown and all the staff at Craven Cottage and the hospital for their help, care and attention.

Rest in peace Paul.”

Fulham centre-back Tim Ream was playing in the game and he urged fans affected by the incident to speak up if they needed help.

“To anyone who witnessed and might struggle with what they saw…don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone,” Ream tweeted.

“Reach out to me, your loved ones, anyone. You are not alone and others will feel or have felt what you feel.

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