Luton Town’s Premier League match against Bournemouth was called off on Saturday when Hatters skipper Tom Lockyer collapsed during the second half.
Lockyer collapsed to the ground in a worrisome scenario in the 65th minute, with the score tied at 1-1.
The game was stopped as the Luton defender was treated by medics and both teams were sent to the changing room.
Lockyer was eventually stretchered off, surrounded by the medical crew, and sent to the hospital right away.
The crowd gave Lockyer a standing ovation, and fans chanted his name throughout the Vitality Stadium.
Later, in a statement, Luton stated that Lockyer was “responsive,” but that they were unable to ascertain what had occurred to their player.
Referee Simon Hooper stated the game will not resume on Saturday about 30 minutes after the incident.
Both teams’ players returned to the field and saluted the fans.
“We all hope and pray for our leader and captain Tom Lockyer, who is thankfully responsive and has been taken to hospital,” the message stated.
“At this point, we don’t know the full extent of what happened or what the next steps are, but we want to thank Bournemouth and the medical staff on both sides for their incredible quick response.”
“We regret to all supporters present that players from both sides were unable to continue the game after seeing their much-loved teammate and friend taken off in such a manner, and staff were unable to continue managing the game in such circumstances having had to deal with the situation.”
“We appreciate everyone’s support and singing Locks’ name inside the stadium during this difficult time.” Now is the moment for all of our players, staff, and supporters to come together, as we always do, to show Tom and his family our love and support.
“Our thoughts are with him and them all.”
Lockyer also fell in May during Luton’s Championship play-off final victory over Coventry at Wembley.
Wales international was transported to the hospital and later had heart surgery.
The 29-year-old underwent surgery to repair atrial fibrillation, a condition described by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) as producing “an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.”