SPL game abandoned after fan collapses
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -The Scottish Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Hibernian was abandoned on Sunday when a fan was hospitalized after suffering a suspected heart attack.
The supporter received medical treatment at the side of the pitch before being taken to hospital in an ambulance. The score was 1-1 at the time, with 54 minutes having been played.
"Football is not as important as human life so we have shown our respect,'' Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels said. "We don't know what the outcome is, but hopefully everything turns out OK.''
Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston said the game was abandoned out of "respect for the fan and his family.'' The fan is a longtime season-ticket holder.
In March last year, Kilmarnock's Scottish League Cup-winning celebrations following its victory over Celtic at Hampden Park were cut short following the death of midfielder Liam Kelly's father from a heart attack. The following month, an Inverness fan collapsed and died midway through the second half of a game against Kilmarnock.
"Obviously our thoughts are with him and his family and we hope he will make a recovery,'' Johnston said. "It is a sad occasion for everybody.''
Dundee was relegated to the First Division after drawing 1-1 at home to Aberdeen, while already-crowned champion Celtic drew 1-1 at Ross County.