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.  [LNB]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.   [LNB]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.[LNB]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.[LNB] Defeat: Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen tackles Stoke's Dean Whitehead[LNB]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.  [LNB] 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.   [LNB]West Midlands Ambulance Service said they were called to the stadium just before 4.20pm.   [LNB]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.[LNB] Stoke City 3 Blackburn 0: Matthew Etherington has a Wizard day outMorten Gamst Pedersen keeps Blackburn waiting over three-year dealBLACKBURN ROVERS FC

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