Jeremias Ledesma raced to the dugout to get the medical gear (Photos: Getty)
Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma has been branded a hero after racing to assist a fan who collapsed within the stands throughout Saturday’s match towards Barcelona.
Play was halted within the 82nd minute – with Barca main 2-0 on the time – when the gamers alerted the referee to a medical emergency within the stands on the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla, with an older supporter having collapsed.
Whereas many gamers regarded on in shocked silence, Ledesma – who wears his center identify, Conan, on the again of his shirt – instantly raced over to the dugout to get a defibrillator from the Cadiz medical crew.
The Argentine then sprinted again to the nook of the bottom the place the emergency was happening and threw the defibrillator up in to the stands for the close by medical crew to make use of.
Ledesma regarded extraordinarily involved as he watched what was taking place, whereas Barca defender Ronald Araujo may very well be seen praying for the supporter.
Finally each units of gamers have been taken off the pitch and into the altering rooms, with the match later resuming at 21:10 native time (20:10 BST) – almost an hour after play was first suspended.
Ledesma threw the defibrillator up into the stands (Image: Getty)
Jose Mari introduced a stretcher from the pitch up into the stands (Image: Getty)
Barcelona confirmed: ‘The sport has been stopped on account of a medical emergency with a fan within the stands. The gamers are going to the locker rooms.’
Extremely, a second particular person within the stands – believed to be a digicam operator – then additionally fainted, although Cadiz president Manuel Vizcaino has now confirmed that each persons are okay.
‘The primary fan who fainted has recovered his pulse and so they took him away in an ambulance. He revived, he fell once more, however ultimately they managed to stabilise him,’ defined Vizcaino, with the second fan additionally recovering.
The gamers regarded massively involved and emotional (Image: Getty)
Talking after the match, Barca boss Xavi mentioned: ‘The lifetime of a human being is above soccer. If there had been a misfortune, then we’d have suspended the match for certain.’
Ledesma’s fast considering was universally praised, as have been the actions of his team-mate Jose Mari.
The veteran midfielder, who had been on the bench when the drama unfolded, helped a steward convey a stretcher from the pitch up into the stands and carried it over to the medical crew who have been serving to the supporter.
Cadiz’s twitter web page was inundated with messages applauding the goalkeeper, even from Barcelona followers, with one writing to the membership: ‘You’ve a tremendous particular person in your crew.’ One other tweeted: ‘That is soccer for you. Humanity is above all.’
‘Appreciation tweet to Conan Ledesma for his heroic intervention to help the fan who collapsed watching the sport between Cadiz and Barcelona,’ wrote one other. ‘He’ll go down in historical past as a saviour.’
When the match resumed, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele each netted within the jiffy that remained as Barca secured a 4-0 victory.
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