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David Ginola: We should all be able to perform CPR to help each other

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David Ginola urged everybody to get CPR training after a fan collapsed during Newcastle’s Premier League match against Tottenham.

The game as St James’ Park was suspended for 20 minutes towards the end of the first half as a medical emergency in the stands became apparent.

Spurs pair Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier played key roles in making sure the game was swiftly stopped and the person swiftly received treatment.

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Eric Dier made sure Newcastle’s club doctor made his way quickly to the incident (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Reguilon alerted referee Andre Marriner to the incident and Dier sprinted to the touchline to inform the bench and make sure medics, and a defibrillator, were quickly at the scene.

It was later confirmed by Newcastle that the fan had been stabilised and taken to hospital.

Ginola, who played 58 times for the Magpies, suffered a cardiac arrest during a charity match in France in 2016.

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“[The incident] brings back some very weird memories,” the 54-year-old said in the Sky Sports studio during the stoppage.

“I have not been in the country for years and you have a heart attack in the stadium – it is a bit weird.

“I think a defibrillator helps massively. Having people being able to perform CPR helps massively. At the end of the day we should all be able to perform CPR to help each other.”

The match was suspended for four minutes at the end of the first half

The match was suspended at the end of the first half (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Ginola collapsed and fell into a coma more than five years ago. He was administered CPR on the pitch by fellow footballer Frederic Mendy.

“This is what saved my life,” added Ginola, who also played for Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton. “The surgeon who operated said to me: ‘I did my job but I didn’t save your life, the one who saved your life is the one next to you on the football pitch’.

“Frederic Mendy and those guys had been told how to perform CPR and they did it for 12 minutes. I was dead for 12 minutes.

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“It is very important because otherwise the brain is damaged, even if your heart is saved.”

Former Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer was also appearing as a pundit for Sky Sports and he added: “When you do your coaching badges it is compulsory you learn your first aid.

“We have to learn CPR and know where all the defibrillators at the training ground are because having that bit of knowledge will save lives.”