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Beloved father dies at Fulham football match after off-duty doctor desperately tries to save him

The daughter of a man who died of a heart attack during Saturday’s Championship game at Craven Cottage in south-west London has paid a moving tribute to ‘the nicest man’. Clare Parish has tweeted about her father Paul Parish’s fatal heart attack during Fulham’s game against Blackpool (January 29), revealing an off-duty doctor desperately tried to resuscitate him.

MyLondon understands that the game was 12 mins in with Fulham a goal when Parish collapsed with cardiac arrest. He was treated at the scene by medics from both teams before being stretched and taken by ambulance to Charing Cross Hospital where he later died.

In her statement, Clare Parish said: “This thread is something I never thought I would write when I woke up yesterday morning and I hope my numbed mind can piece together the words to convey some of what we feel as a family today. The first and only thing to say, really, is THANK YOU.”

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Fulham and Blackpool players left the pitch after play was stopped for the medical emergency

She added: “Thank you to the off-duty medic in the green t-shirt dripping with sweat after trying so hard to save the life of my wonderful, handsome father. Thanks to the on and off-pitch medics in Blackpool and Fulham who helped revive my father after his first arrest.

“To the fans who held up the flags to protect my dad, the crowd who helped clear the catwalk to allow dad the best possible care.”

She also thanked the first responders, fans and stadium staff who comforted her, as well as Imperial’s hospital staff.

In a moving tribute to her father, she added: “My dad was the kindest and sweetest man. He did everything for his family. He was our rock and we will miss him, love him and we will love him. cherish our precious memories with him every day.”

“Sleep well dad. I know you’ll be sitting on a cloud above the Cottage on game days looking down on us.”

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In a statement, Fulham FC said: “It is with immense sadness that we inform the fans of the death of supporter Paul Parish.

“Paul suffered cardiac arrest and was treated at Hammersmith Stand during this afternoon’s game before being taken to hospital. He sadly passed away this evening.

“Our condolences and the thoughts of everyone at Fulham Football Club go out to Paul’s family, friends and loved ones.

“The family would like to thank the fans at Fulham and Blackpool for the respect and care shown and all the staff at Craven Cottage and the hospital for their help, care and attention.

“Rest in peace Paul.”

Blackpool added on Twitter: “We are all deeply saddened to learn of Paul’s passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with Paul’s family and everyone connected to @FulhamFC at this time.”

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Glentoran congratulates NI Football League on postponement of match

Glentoran boss Mick McDermott praised the NI Football League for postponing Tuesday’s game against Coleraine.

The highly anticipated Premiership showdown was called off hours before kick-off, in line with NIFL’s Covid case policy.

McDermott believes the governing body took the “reasonable option” to postpone the clash, after Covid-related issues were uncovered at the Glentoran camp.

He told the club website : “From a sporting point of view, we are always disappointed when a match is postponed but we have to understand that we are dealing with something much more important, the life of every person in and around our football clubs.

“Yesterday’s NIFL decision was the only correct one in the face of this unique challenge of match day Covid issues. NIFL’s priority was to protect everyone involved, so the only sensible option was to postpone the match. “

McDermott added: “I thank the NIFL for its swift and objective decision – it was for the greater good. It is imperative that we do the right thing, all the time.”

A new date has yet to be confirmed for the game, which has reportedly seen two fit teams meet at the Showgrounds.

Coleraine are undefeated in their last 16 games in all competitions, while the Glens have gone nine league games unbeaten.

Bannsiders chairman Colin McKendry expressed frustration with the late postponement, but said the health and safety of everyone involved was paramount when making any decisions.

He told the Belfast Telegraph : “The health of the players, officials, management and fans comes first and we must respect it.

“I was on the board that created the Covid-19 case policy and it can be read in two ways.

“Of course, the health and safety aspect is paramount but surely if other players – who have not tested positive or who have been in close contact and who have no symptoms – can play after having had a lateral flow negative?

“It is disappointing that the game had to be postponed as we had sponsors, mascots, ball collectors, social club staff, club store staff and other staff on the day of the game before it was played. ” be informed that it was not played after 2 p.m.

“However, we do realize that there is a new variant of Covid and we wish the affected players at Glentoran a very quick recovery.”

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