Blackburn fan dies in hospital after collapsing during defeat at Stoke City

08 February 2010 10:39
A football fan critically injured at a Premier League match on Saturday died in hospital, police confirmed. 

John Steven Taylor, a 30-year-old Blackburn Rovers supporter was found unconscious in a stand during the clash between Stoke City and Blackburn at the Britannia Stadium.  

He was treated at the scene for a head injury and cardiac arrest, then rushed to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. But Staffordshire Police said he died in hospital just before 2am on Sunday.

It is believed Mr Taylor was struck on the head with a bin. A 25-year-old man from the Preston area was arrested and later bailed pending further inquiries into the incident.

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The victim was found collapsed in the concourse area of the south stand just after the half-time interval, where a group of Blackburn supporters were gathered. 

Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts, match commander at the game which saw Stoke beat Blackburn 3-0, said there were just over 1,300 Blackburn fans at the game and no Stoke fans were involved.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service said they were called to the stadium just before 4.20pm.  

A statement on the Blackburn Rovers website said the man was among a 1,300-strong Rovers following in the South Stand. Stoke City said police were investigating the incident and the club would make no further comment.

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Source: Daily_Mail