Supporter dies after collapsing at Kilmarnock match

Kilmarnock Football Club's ground at Rugby Park.
The supporter collapsed at Kilmarnock FC's ground, Rugby Park. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

A fan who collapsed at a Scottish Premier League match leading to it being abandoned has died in hospital, police said.

The man, aged in his 50s, collapsed with a suspected heart attack in Rugby Park's East Stand five minutes into the second half of Kilmarnock's home match against Hibernian.

He was treated by paramedics and medical staff from both clubs before an ambulance drove pitchside to transfer him to the nearby Crosshouse Hospital.

The match was stopped by referee Kevin Clancy with the teams drawing 1-1 and the players left the pitch as the seriousness of the situation became clear.

Both managers agreed the match should be abandoned out of respect to the fan and his family.

The fan later died in hospital, a Police Scotland spokesman said.

Both teams took to Twitter after the match:


Everybody is deeply saddened by reports that the supporter, who became seriously ill at Rugby Park earlier on today, has passed away.


Both teams have now left the park, our thoughts are with the supporter at this time.

Speaking at the end of the game, Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels said, "Football is not as important as human life so we have shown our respect".