Bournemouth’s match against Luton Town on Saturday was abandoned midway through the second half, after a lengthy stoppage to allow treatment for the Hatters’ Tom Lockyer.
The Welsh international collapsed off-the-ball, with the Vitality Stadium falling to an eerie silence as medics worked on the defender – who also collapsed during Luton Town’s Championship playoff final against Coventry City last season.Embed from Getty Images
Luton Town had taken the lead through Elijah Adebayo after just three minutes on the South Coast, though Dominic Solanke’s equaliser in the 58th minute had restored parity before the referee was forced to abandon the fixture.
Rob Edwards was visibly emotional as he led his team around the pitch to applaud both sets of fans, who sang Tom Lockyer’s name and applauded. The club have since confirmed that the defender suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch but was responsive by the time he was stretchered off.
BOU: Neto; Kerkez, Senesi, Zabarnyi, Smith; Christie, Cook; Semenyo, Kluivert, Tavernier; Solanke
LUT: Kaminski; Bell, Lockyer, Mengi; Doughty, Barkley, Lokonga, Kaboré; Brown, Townsend; Adebayo