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Scare in the Copa América: line judge fainted during a match due to the heat wave

Scare in the Copa América: line judge fainted during a match due to the heat wave
Scare in the Copa América: line judge fainted during a match due to the heat wave

One of the linesmen of the match for Group A of the America Cup 2024 between Peru and Canada He collapsed on the field, minutes before the end of the first half, in the middle of the powerful heat that hit this Tuesday at the Children’s Mercy Park stadium in Kansas City.

The second assistant, Humberto Panjojfrom Guatemala, had to be treated on the field of play, while the main referee, his compatriot Mario Escobar, stopped the actions.

The thermometers in Kansas City, Kansas, read 33ºC, with a thermal sensation that exceeded 38ºC, and a humidity of 57%. Environmental authorities had warned of an extreme heat wave in the area.

Added time was already being played in the first half.

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As Panjoj collapsed face down on the grass, losing consciousness, Canada goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau quickly ran over to him and put him on his back on the field. The goalkeeper began to make desperate gestures towards the side of the field to ask that the emergency teams come in to give him medical attention.

The assistant was treated promptly and managed to stand up with the help of his colleagues, while they placed a cold towel on his head, although he showed signs of daze.

Ecuadorian Ricardo Baren, fifth referee, took Panjoj’s place on the line next to Luis Ventura.

Source: Ambito

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