Drama in Los Cármenes. Although medical assistance was provided for more than an hour, a spectator, Antonio Trujillo Izquierdo, 70 years old and a native of Salobreña, died during the match between Granada and Athletic due to a heart attack, which is why the duel was suspended after the agreement between the teams and LaLiga. Now the match will resume this Monday at 21:00, after the decision of the RFEF competition judge, at the request of LaLiga.
André Ferreira, Ricard Sánchez, Raúl Torrente, Miquel, Carlos Neva, Myrto Uzuni, Gumbau, Gonzalo Villar, Sergio Ruiz, Bryan Zaragoza and Lucas Boyé
Unai Simón, De Marcos, Lekue, Daniel Vivian, Aitor Paredes, Nico Williams, Ruiz de Galarreta, Williams, O. Sancet, Benat Prados and Guruzeta
Goals 0-1 min. 6: Williams.
Arbitrator Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias
➡ RFEF Competition Judge, at the request of LALIGA, has decided that the Granada CF - Athletic Club match, postponed today due to the death of a fan during the match, will resume tomorrow, December 11 at 21:00. The... pic.twitter.com/PB9EyTDndd
— RFEF (@rfef) December 10, 2023
As so often, Unai Simón was the smartest. He heard first the roar of the stands, then generalized whistles, which had nothing to do with the development of the match between Granada and Athletic, so he looked at what was happening; In the upper side stand, the crowd swirled around an escape manhole. Unai went to the linesman and told him that something was going on, probably a medical emergency. The crowd appreciated the goalkeeper's gesture and gave him a standing ovation as he retreated towards his goal. Meanwhile, the assistant referee told the referee, who stopped the game in the 18th minute, when Óscar De Marcos was about to take a throw-in and his team won 1-0 after Iñaki Williams' goal in the sixth minute. The Granada and Athletic assists went to the area where the incident was taking place and ascended to the upper stand. Apparently, one bystander had suffered a severe cardiorespiratory arrest. Shortly after, a medical ambulance arrived at the gates of the stadium and an emergency doctor began resuscitation work for more than an hour. The game was still at a standstill, and the players finally went into the locker room at the request of the referee, Ortiz Arias. The affected person was still in very serious condition and could not be taken to hospital because doctors were unable to stabilize him. Finally, after more than an hour of futile attempts, the spectator died.
From the Entity we want to send our most sincere condolences to the family and friends, as well as to the entire Granada family.
The match between Granada CF and Athletic Club, suspended after the death of a season ticket holder of our Club.
— Granada CF ❤️ ⚪️ (@GranadaCF) December 10, 2023
In the stands, meanwhile, the 20,000 spectators followed patiently and expectantly to see what was happening. When the League's match director became aware of the death, he decided, together with the captains, coaches and delegates, to suspend the match. The decision was then announced over the public address system and the fans received it with a standing ovation and calmly left the stadium.
Athletic published a statement in which it was satisfied with the decision and pointed out that, "LaLiga and both clubs have agreed to suspend the match due to the death of the fan in Los Cármenes. Athletic Club deeply regrets the incident and sends a message of encouragement to his family." From the local team, it was noted: "We want to send our most sincere condolences to the family and friends, as well as to the entire Granada family".
Granada and Athletic were left waiting for a couple of hours to find out when the match at Los Cármenes would resume and this is where the controversy between the two clubs began. Athletic decided to stay in Granada, pending the decision of the judge of professional competitions, protected by the regulations, which states: "Due to the tightness of the official calendar, in the cases in which, due to regulatory causes, the referee suspends a match before its start or end, the visiting team will try to remain in the town where the event takes place so that, if the cause that led to such suspension ceases, the match is held within the following twenty-four hours", and it extends: "In the event that the situation that prevented the game persists, it will take place on the first date on which the two contenders can materially play it".
Reiterating our deepest condolences for the death of the fan in Los Cármenes, it is understood by regulatory regulations that the cause that motivated the suspension of the match has ceased and the conditions are in place for it to be held in the following 24 hours.
— Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) December 10, 2023
Athletic considered that, "the fateful cause that motivated such suspension has ceased and, therefore, the conditions are in place for the match to be held within the following 24 hours", and asks the competition judge that the match be played on Monday. Granada, who announced the refund of the amount of the tickets, preferred to delay the dates, and even place the clash in the month of January, when Athletic will lose Iñaki Williams, the author of the only goal on the scoreboard, recruited by Ghana to play in the Africa Cup. However, the decision was finally made and the match will be played this Monday from the 17th minute, with a 0-1 advantage on the scoreboard for the Bilbao team.
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