Match abandoned after player stops breathing

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A football match in Pinchbeck was abandoned just before half-time on Saturday after a player collapsed and stopped breathing for a short time.

Sawtry midfielder Chris Down was treated on the pitch for 25 minutes before being taken to hospital.

He is now recovering at home following an incident described as ‘scary and worrying’ by Sawtry manager Jason Bohinis.

Bohonis was full of praise for the actions of Pinchbeck, particularly player-manager Ian Dunn who administered first aid, with the help of a nurse who had attended the match as a spectator, before the ambulance arrived.

“I can’t praise the actions of Ian and Pinchbeck United Football Club enough,” said Bohonis.

“It was a very scary few moments as I am sure Chris stopped breathing for several seconds even though it felt like longer.

“It was just before half-time and the ball had gone out for a throw-in when Chris knelt down and asked for treatment. I came on to the pitch to see him and before I got there he had fallen on his side and he stopped breathing. It was probably only for a few seconds, but it seemed much longer and it was a bit scary.

“But Ian was quickly on the scene and he seemed to know exactly what to do. He put Chris in the recovery position and a lady nurse who was watching the game also came on to help. Chris was treated on the pitch for 25 minutes before the ambulance arrived and took him to hospital. Ian and the nurse were brilliant as were all of the Pinchbeck lads and officials to be honest.

“Chris is back at home now, but he’s going to hospital for tests to try and find out exactly what happened. It was a real shock and a worry at the time as Chris is a very fit lad.”

Sawtry were leading 1-0 when the match was abandoned by referee Shaun Gray.