A Portsmouth fan has passed away in hospital after falling ill during the club’s pre-season friendly against Bournemouth at Fratton Park on Saturday.
The incident caused the second half of the game to be delayed by some minutes, a match Portsmouth eventually lost 2-1.
The League One club released a statement on Saturday night, offering their condolences to the supporter’s family.
Portsmouth Football Club are sad to announce that a Pompey fan has passed away after falling ill at today’s match.
The incident occurred during the half-time break and the start of the second half was delayed while he received treatment.
Despite valiant attempts by medical staff – who were quickly on hand to administer CPR – and following transportation to QA Hospital, he was unable to be revived.
Next of kin have been notified and our thoughts are with them at this time.”
— Portsmouth FC (@officialpompey) July 22, 2017
Former Chelsea defender and new Bournemouth signing Nathan Ake also took to social media after the match to offer his sympathy to the fan’s family.
“Sad to hear that the @officialpompey fan has passed away during our game today. Wishing his family strength during this difficult time,” wrote Ake.
Sad to hear that the @officialpompey fan has passed away during our game today. Wishing his family strength during this difficult time🙏🏽
— Nathan Aké (@NathanAke) July 22, 2017
Bournemouth Football Club wrote:
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) July 22, 2017