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FA Cup tie delayed on live TV as fan carried off on stretcher after collapsing in stands

The FA Cup first-round tie between Dagenham & Redbridge and Salford City was brought to a halt as doctors attended an individual who suffered a fit and collapsed at Victoria Road

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A fan is in a stable condition after they were stretchered out of the stands during Dagenham & Redbridge’s FA Cup clash with Salford City on Monday night.

The first-round fixture was brought to a halt in the closing stages and there was a six-minute delay as doctors attended an individual who suffered a fit at Victoria Road.

The match was being shown live on ITV4 and the broadcaster reported the fan in question suffered a head injury before they were assisted by stadium staff.

Play subsequently resumed as League Two club Salford held onto their 1-0 lead having been in front for almost the entire match following Jordan Turnbull’s third-minute header.

The hosts, who play in the National League, could not find an equaliser during the 10 minutes added on as a result of the fan’s collapse.

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Fans and players alerted the referee to the situation and play was brought to a halt

Dagenham’s official Twitter account kept fans abreast of what was going on in the wake of the collapse, with their first update reading: “The game has been stopped due to a supporter needing medical attention.”

Three minutes later, they wrote: “Well done to all of our stewards and medics for acting so quickly. The supporter in question has been taken away for further medical attention.”

The Daggers received plaudits from their visitors, who tweeted: “Fantastic response from players and staff to get over and provide assistance, our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the supporter.”

Dagenham also sent well wishes to the fan on the receiving end of the medical emergency as they confirmed play has resumed.

In an update released after the match, they added: “The supporter in question is in a stable condition after suffering a fit, and we would once again like to thank the Crowd Doctor and paramedics for their swift response.

“Everyone at Dagenham & Redbridge would like to wish the supporter a speedy recovery.”

Salford’s victory means they will host Chesterfield in the second round of the FA Cup in early December.

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The Ammies, who are co-owned by Manchester United’s Class of ’92, posted a classy message on their own Twitter account.

“That’s job done and we’re into the Second Round, but some things are more important than football and we hope the efforts of the medical teams are recognised,” Salford wrote. “Best wishes again to the fan affected.”

Salford are 19th in League Two after back-to-back defeats in the fourth tier, while Dagenham are eighth in the National League after a promising start to the season.

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