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Fan 'very lucky' after stadium fall

A football fan has been described as "very, very lucky" after surviving a 20-foot fall from the upper tier of a stadium while celebrating his team's goal.

The 35-year-old Cardiff City fan was watching his team in action against Millwall from the away fans' end at the New Den in Bermondsey, south-east London, when he toppled from the second tier.

He was treated by medical staff at the ground for about 20 minutes before being taken to hospital.

He was initially said to be in a serious but stable condition, but the Metropolitan Police later said he had minor injuries.

A force spokesman added: "His injuries are not life threatening. He is a very, very lucky man."

The accident, which happened moments after Cardiff's opening goal, is not being treated as a criminal matter.

Speaking after the game, which ended 3-3, Cardiff City manager Dave Jones said: "I couldn't give two hoots about the result after that. One or two of the players saw it, and Craig (Bellamy) said it made him feel physically sick.

"We don't know much about him, but all we'll say is that we as a club send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

"We desperately want to do well for our supporters and as a club we have a duty to them. At the moment, we are all just concerned about that guy."

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett also expressed his concern, saying: "We wish the lad well who fell from the stand."


From Belfast Telegraph