Championship

Supporters taken ill during West Brom vs Bristol City recovering in hospital

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Two supporters were taken ill at the game
Two supporters were taken ill at the game / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages
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Two supporters who were taken ill during West Brom's 3-0 Championship win over Bristol City are conscious and recovering in hospital.

The first supporter suffered a medical episode prior to kick-off, leading to the game's start-time being delayed.

"Owing to a medical emergency involving a fan inside the stadium, kick-off has been delayed by 15 minutes. Our thoughts and prayers are with the supporter. We're all with you," a statement posted on the club's Twitter read.

After this suspension the game got going, with West Brom taking an early lead through Jordan Hugill, before Kyle Bartley doubled their advantage just before the break.

This was followed by a further stoppage in the action prior to the second half, following a separate incident in the away end.

"The start of the second-half has been delayed owing to another medical emergency, this time in the away section. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the supporter," the club wrote.

This was echoed by a Bristol City statement, which read: "The start of the second half will be delayed due to an ongoing medical emergency in the Bristol City supporters' end. Our thoughts are with those affected."

Again, play was resumed once the situation was back under control with West Brom going on to add another goal through Karlan Grant seven minutes into the second period. After the game it was confirmed that both spectators were recovering in hospital.

"We are pleased to report the two supporters who were taken ill at today's game are conscious in hospital, where they will receive further treatment. We wish them each a speedy recovery. We would also like to thank both sets of fans for their patience and understanding."

The victory leaves West Brom second in the Championship table, six points behind runaway leaders Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Bristol City are down in 16th as the pressure ramps up on manager Nigel Pearson.

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