8 Feb 2010

Fan dies after heart attack at Premier League football match

9:31 am on 8 February 2010

A football fan has died after suffering a head injury and a heart attack in an incident during a Premier League match at Stoke City in central England.

The 30-year-old man collapsed inside the Britannia Stadium just after the half-time interval in the game between Stoke and Blackburn Rovers.

Police say they're investigating what led to the man's death and would not comment on a BBC report that he had been hit on the head with a bin.

Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts, who was in charge of policing at the game, told the BBC that no Stoke fans were involved in the incident.

Some 1,300 Blackburn fans were at the game, which Stoke won 3-nil.

Police and paramedics found the man, a Blackburn supporter, on a concourse inside the stadium with other Blackburn fans.

He received medical treatment inside the stadium before being taken to hospital where he died.