SPL: Fan dies in hospital after collapsing during Kilmarnock-Hibernian match

Last Updated: 06/05/13 12:04pm

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Rugby Park: Sunday's game between Kilmarnock and Hibernian was abandoned after a fan, who later died in hospital, was taken ill

Rugby Park: Sunday's game between Kilmarnock and Hibernian was abandoned after a fan, who later died in hospital, was taken ill

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A man who collapsed during the abandoned Scottish Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Hibernian has died in hospital.

The supporter, aged in his 50s, suffered a suspected heart attack in Rugby Park's East Stand five minutes into the second half of the game.

He was treated by paramedics and medical staff from both clubs before an ambulance drove pitchside to transfer him to a nearby hospital.

The match was stopped by referee Kevin Clancy with the teams drawing 1-1 but the players soon left the pitch as the seriousness of the situation became clear.

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed on Sunday evening that the man had died in hospital.

In March 2012, Killie's League Cup winning celebrations following their victory over Celtic at Hampden were cut short following the death of midfielder Liam Kelly's father from a heart attack.

After paramedics worked to revive him at the final whistle, Jack Kelly was rushed to hospital but died within hours.

A month later an Inverness fan collapsed and died in the Frank Beattie Stand midway through the second half of a game against Killie.

Speaking after Sunday's abandonment, Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels said he and Hibernian counterpart Pat Fenlon had concurred with the decision.

"Obviously it was quite serious so Pat Fenlon and I both agreed that the game should be abandoned," Shiels said.

"We need to show respect to the relevant families. Football is not as important as human life so we have shown our respect."

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