A FAN was treated with a defibrillator after collapsing during a football match.

On Saturday, during the game between Bacup Borough and Campion AFC at the Brian Boys Stadium, a spectator collapsed in the stands.

He was treated using the club’s defibrillator with the club’s physio Jack Fairhurst and players Ross Mallinson and Gareth Wager rushing to help the fan and performed CPR until the ambulance and paramedics could arrive.

Rumour circulated on social media that there had been trouble at the game, but shortly after the final whistle, Bacup Borough manager Brent Peters released a statement explaining what had happened.

Mr Peters said: “Contrary to the rumours that have been circulating on various social media platforms there was no trouble at the Bacup Borough FC vs Campion AFC game today.

“Sadly a spectator collapsed in the main stand and the defibrillator was used.

“The club would like to thank Ross Mallinson, Jack Fairhurst, club physio and Gareth Wager to whom carried out CPR until the paramedics arrived on the scene.

“This was a traumatic situation and our thoughts are with the spectators family at this difficult time.”

Supporters took to social media to thank the players and said it was a blessing that the club had a defibrillator to hand.

One fan said: “What a wonderful compassionate and caring club Bacup Borough are.

“Two players Gareth and Ross still in their kit at the end of the game along with the club physio worked tirelessly and so hard on this poor chap. They should be so proud of themselves.

“Brent was devastated and so concerned, he did all he could running around getting everything in place until the ambulance arrived.

“They could not have done more.

“Proud to be a supporter of Bacup Borough. Hope the guy was OK but it didn’t look good.”

While another fan said: “Awful news but amazing that a non-league club has a defib and could potentially save a life.

“Should be law that every club has one. Hope the person is ok.”

It is not yet known the condition of the man is but the ambulance service has been contacted for a statement.