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Fans of ice hockey were forced to leave an arena in Sheffield following a severe injury sustained by a player during a match.
During a game between the Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers at Utilita Arena Sheffield, a player experienced a serious medical emergency after colliding mid-ice. Approximately 8,000 spectators witnessed the incident.
According to the BBC, the player received a severe laceration to his neck from the skate blade.
At X, The Nottingham Panthers posted: “33:47 – The game has been paused due to a serious injury. Steelers 2, Panthers 1.”
Soon after, the team announced: “Due to a serious medical situation, fans have been requested to vacate the premises.”
Journalist Peter Spencer, who was at the game, posted on X: “Nottingham Panthers player badly hurt after a collision in mid-ice. Paramedics are now on the ice, players are forming a ring around him and now screens are up around him.
“The situation at Sheffield Arena is dire, with the period coming to a close.”
According to the Daily Mail, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service received a call at approximately 8:20pm and transported one man to the hospital.
Supporters utilized social media platforms to convey their shock and dismay over the incident.
Someone wrote: “Throughout all the years of watching hockey, I have never witnessed such an event. My sincere wishes for the player’s well-being and my thoughts are with his loved ones, teammates, and friends.”
A different fan shared: “Terrible! The most awful thing I’ve witnessed in 37 years of following hockey.”
Comment has been requested from Nottingham Panthers, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and South Yorkshire Police.